Katie Smith, Ph.D.
Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy
Katie Smith is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy. As a former career services professional, Dr. Smith's research focuses primarily on college student experiences and career development, especially the financial, social, and environmental influences on students' career exploration, opportunities, and post-graduate outcomes. Dr. Smith specializes in studying workplace socialization experiences such as internships, and undergraduate women’s career development in engineering and computing.
- Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis, NC State University
- M.S. in Higher Education Administration, University of Rochester
- B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, SUNY Geneseo
- Smith, K. N., & Albana, H. (2022). When debt deters: Student loans as a predictor of education-job match among arts bachelor’s graduates. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication.
- Smith, K. N. (2022). “If I do science, I can get the money”: A life history analysis of postsecondary students’ decisions to pursue teaching careers in STEM. Teachers and Teaching, 28(1), 102–117.
- Smith, K. N. (2022). “I am the face of my future generation”: Latina first-generation undergraduates aspiring to careers in health care and medicine. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Advance online publication.
- Smith, K. N., & Starcke, M. (2022). Expression & environment: Longitudinal patterns of campus graffiti. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Advance online publication.
- Lapan, J. C., & Smith, K. N. (2022). “No girls on the software team”: Internship experiences of women in computer science. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication.
- Wofford, A. M., & Smith, K. N. (2022). Signaling (in)equity and power in engineering college internship advertisements: A feminist critical discourse analysis. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 28(4), 25–49.
- Smith, K. N., & Lapan, J. C. (2021). Examining women’s differential pathways into computer science by BA and BS degree programs. Computer Science Education. Advance online publication.
- Smith, K. N. (2021). The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program: A case study of the use of forgivable loans in recruiting future STEM teachers. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 50(3), 1–36.
- Smith, K. N., & Green, D. K. (2021). Employer internship recruiting on college campuses: “The right pipeline for our funnel.” Journal of Education and Work. Advance online Publication.
- Chan, M., Kwon, J., Nguyen, D., Saunders, K. M., Shah, N., & Smith, K. N. (2020). National trends in federal student loan borrowing by income group and first-generation status. AIR Professional File, 148, 4-17.
- Umbach, P. D., Clayton, A. B., & Smith, K. N. (2020). Developmental education's effect on graduation and labor market outcomes. Journal of Developmental Education, 43(2), 10-18.
- Smith, K. N. (2019). An offer that can’t be refused. In M. Benjamin & J. Jessup-Anger (Eds.), Maybe I Should. . . Case Studies on Ethics for Student Affairs Professionals (2nd ed., pp. 120-123). Lexington Books.
- Smith, K. N., Jaeger, A. J. & Thomas, D. (2019). “Science Olympiad is why I’m here”: The influence of an early STEM program on college and major choice. Research in Science Education, 1-17.
- Chan, M., Kwon, J., Nguyen, D., Saunders, K. M., Shah, N., & Smith, K. N. (2019). Indebted over time: Racial differences in student borrowing. Educational Researcher, 48(8), 558-563.
- Umbach, P. D., Tuchmayer, J. B., Clayton, A. B., & Smith, K. N. (2019). Transfer student success: Exploring community college, university, and individual predictors. Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 43(9), 599-617.
- Gayles, J. G., & Smith, K. N. (2019). Advancing theoretical frameworks for intersectional research on women in STEM. New Directions for Institutional Research, 179, 27-41.
- Smith, K. N., & Gayles, J. G. (2018). “Girl power”: Gendered academic and workplace experiences of college women in engineering. Social Sciences, 7(1), 1-23.
- Smith, K. N., & Gayles, J. G. (2017). “Setting up for the next big thing”: Undergraduate women engineering students’ post-baccalaureate career decisions. Journal of College Student Development, 58(8), 1201-1217.
- Spencer Foundation, 2022-2023
- Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge, 2021
- American College Personnel Association, 2019-2021
- Seton Hall University Research Council, 2020