Assistant Professor


Dr. Andrea Smith is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the University of West Georgia's Department of Elementary through Secondary Education department. Andrea received a BS in Early Childhood Education, an MS in Social Foundations in Education from Georgia State University and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. Prior to her appointment at the University of West Georgia, Dr. Smith worked in K12 as a teacher and administrator in which she was committed to an interdisciplinary approach of inquiry and advocacy in urban contexts.

She is involved with numerous professional organizations such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Her research is broadly focused on the intersectionality of race and class in education, urban (teacher) education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and educational equity. Her scholarship examines these issues by illuminating the voices of youth and adults who have been historically and traditionally marginalized in schools and society. She also studies issues of educational access and equity for communities of color. Dr. Smith has been able to take her knowledge, experience, and skill to higher education as she trains the next generation of educational leaders. Dr. Smith is committed to embedding relevant issues of diversity into her practice, scholarship, and service.

Professional Affiliations
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE)
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)


Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University, 2008
  • M.S., Social Foundations in Education, Georgia State University, 2011
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Georgia, 2015
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2020 Sections

    • ECSE-4789 (Teaching Internship Seminar) Section: 01
    • ECED-7266 (The Young Child: Home & Commun) Section: E01
    • ECED-7272 (Classrm Mgmt Early Grades(P-5)) Section: E01

    Fall 2019 Sections

    • ECSE-4789 (Teaching Internship Seminar) Section: 01
    • ECED-6249 (Seminar For P-5 Teachers) Section: E02
    • ECSE-7500 (Diverse Classrms in Global Soc) Section: E02
  • Publication List

    Smith, A. N. (2019). Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Utilizing Positive Perspectives from African American Families for Culturally Responsive Practices. In P. Jones . (Ed.), Fostering Collaborations Between African American Communities and Educational Instit

    Smith, A. N. (2019). The Great Black Hope: An Examination of African American Parent Perspectives at Bass Charter Academy. Journal of Education.

    Smith, A. N. (2019). Here We Go Again: An Analysis of Re-Segregation in Georgia Charter Schools. American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews, 4(60), 1-9.

    Smith, A. (2016). A book review of Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience [Review of Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience, by. R. Boylorn]. Comparative Education, (60)4, 850-852.

    Smith, A. (2016). Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education [Review of Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education, by N. Lopez]. Journal of Negro Education. 85(3), 392-395. https://www.jst

    Smith, A. N. (2014). Exploring human resource development: Adult learning and education in the US. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, (1)3, 1-7.