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.
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