|Retired in 1996
Education: B.S., M.A., Bowling Green State University, Ph, D., Michigan State University
(1964-1996) Dr. Smith originally joined the School when it was "Speech" as Director of the University Theatre, an administrative role he fulfilled until 1975, at which time the School name had been changed to Communication Arts and Sciences. During the nearly thirty-two years he served the School, Dr. Smith taught more than two dozen different courses, including interpersonal communication, listening, freedom of speech, voice and diction, performance of literature, readers theatre, oral interpretation of Shakespeare, teaching speech and theatre in the secondary school, and public speaking, as well as a number of theatre courses between 1964 and 1975. He also directed more than fifty productions at Western, including plays, musicals, operas, and readers' theatre performances.
In the four years since his retirement, Smith has directed and/or acted in seventeen productions, most of them produced locally, in September, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo recognized his thirty-five years of contributions to the cultural life of the area by presenting him with a "Community Medal of Arts" for 1999. As of July 1, Dr. Smith will be an Adjunct Professor in the WMU School of Music, efective until June 30, 2002.
He and his spouse, Dr. Carol Payne Smith, who retired January 1 after more than thirty-five years as a professor of education at WMU, continue to reside in Kalamazoo.