Stella Smith is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher with a focus on mentoring and leadership development of underrepresented populations in higher education; particularly African American women, access to higher education for underserved populations, community-university partnerships, and strategies for P–20 educational pipeline alignment.
Educational Leadership | P-20 Educational Pipeline Alignment | Accessibility and Inclusion of Underserved Populations in Higher Education
Stella L. Smith is the Associate Director for the Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability Center in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. In this role, Dr. Smith provides strategic leadership and oversight of the MACH-III Center operations including financial, programmatic, research and assessment activities. Dr. Smith previously served as the Associate Director for the Longhorn Link Program, a federally funding TRIO student support program in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a portfolio in Women and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Recognized with a 2014 Dissertation Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, her dissertation study was a phenomenological inquiry to investigate the experiences, challenges and strategies for success of African American females in senior-level executive positions in higher at predominately white institutions. A qualitative researcher, her scholarly interests focus on several areas including the experiences of faculty and administrators of color in higher education; African American females in leadership in higher education; access and inclusion of underserved populations in higher education, and P–20 educational pipeline alignment. An experienced higher education administrator, prior to this position Dr. Smith served as the Executive Director for Administrative Services where she oversaw the development, implementation and management of administrative services (financial processing and human resource management) for more than 200 employees in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.