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Smith is an assistant professor with a record of teaching excellence, student engagement, university service, and community involvement. Her career background is in writing, design and administration. Leaving Independence, Smith’s first historical fiction novel, was published in 2016, and her first short story, On a Dark & Snowy Night, in 2017.
Smith has won several teaching and service awards including NASBA’s “Making a Difference” Award, the ACBSP Region 3 Teaching Excellence Award and an outstanding teacher award from Lipscomb.
Smith has also taught in the LIFE Program at the Tennessee Prison for Women.