Information Item #1a: Vita Summary
G. PRITCHY SMITH, Ph.D.
DEGREES/EXPERIENCE: Ed.D., North Texas State University in Secondary Education and Educational Psychology, 1969; M.Ed., North Texas State University in Secondary Education and English, 1967; B.A. University of Texas in English and History, 1961. Thirty-four years experience in teaching and administration in higher education at five colleges and universities; fifteen years at UNF. Promoted to rank of Professor in 1973 at California State College, California, PA. Hired in 1985-1986 at UNF as Professor and Chair, Division of C&I. Returned to faculty in 1989-1990.
TEACHING: Contributions to curriculum and program development at UNF include developing and writing the syllabi for eight new courses that provide multicultural content or internationalize the curriculum in graduate and undergraduate programs in the College of Education and Human Services. New courses include EDF 7635 - Cultural and Social Foundations of Education (doctoral); EDF 6687 - Multicultural and Urban Foundations of Education; EDG 6636 - Multicultural Content in the School Curriculum; EDF 6757 - Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students; EDG 6735 - Cultural Learning Styles of Minority Students; ESOL 5935 - Cross Cultural Knowledge and Communication; EDG 5935 - Belize Education and Culture (Travel-Study Course); and EDG 2701 - Teaching Diverse Student Populations. Also developed the M.Ed. Program for Belize, C.A., UNF's first out-of-country degree program. Teaching awards include 1995-96 TIP Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Professional Excellence Program (PEP) Award in 1996-97.
RESEARCH/SCHOLARSHIP/GRANTS: Record of scholarship includes a single-authored book, Common Sense about Uncommon Knowledge: The Knowledge Bases for Diversity (1998), published by the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education; eleven book chapters in edited collections; nine refereed articles; and several invited articles. Other writing consists of 70 published periodical columns including a regular quarterly column in the journal, Multicultural Perspectives (1999), and in the magazine, Multicultural Education (1993-98) and a regular monthly column in The Multicultural Messenger (1993-97). Have written grants funded in excess of $500,000 by the Ford Foundation for the UNF COEHS -- the 5-year $485,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for recruiting minority teachers and the 2-year $50,000 research grant from the Ford Foundation to investigate the impact of admission and certification testing on the racial composition of the teaching force in 35 states.
SERVICE: Current service at the national level includes serving on three Commissions appointed by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)-- Commission on Recruitment of Diverse Persons into Teaching and Teacher Education, Commission on Preparing Teachers for Diverse Student Populations, and the Commission for Healing Racism. Members of the latter commission and contributing chapter authors were recognized for their contributions which resulted in the publication of the book, Educators Healing Racism (1999) at the 1999 Annual ATE conference in Chicago. Current service at the state level includes serving on the Florida D.O.E. Commissioner's Task Force on African American History Education, and founding and serving on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Multicultural Education (FAME). National, state, and local service from 1990 to 1999 consists of over 100 keynote addresses, school district workshops, university faculty professional development seminars, presentations of papers and lectures, including the Distinguished Lecture Series at Wayne State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Georgia, and West Liberty State College and the diversity lecture series at Central Connecticut University, Gallaudet University, American University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Lesley College and Grand Rapids Community College. Additional noteworthy service has included founding the National Association for Multicultural Education, serving as its Vice President , and serving on its Board of Directors. Recognition for service includes having the G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator's Award created and named in my honor by Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education (1992) and being selected by this professional association for two service awards, one in 1992 and the other in 1997. Other recognition for service at the national level includes being invited to deliver the President's Address at the 1996 annual conference of the Association of Teacher Educators and being selected by the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education as a recipient of the Advocate for Justice Award in 1998. University service includes numerous committees in the COEHS and the University and the recent linkage initiative with The Gambia, West Africa. Received a UNF 10-year Service Award from President Herbert, November, 1995. Elected by UNF faculty as runner up for the Distinguished Professor Award in 1994-95. Awarded a full-pay sabbatical leave for 1996-97. Elected as runner up for the Distinguished Professor Award in 1998-99.