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Biographical Sketch: Roland B. Smith, Jr.

Professional Preparation 

  • Ed.D., Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, 1988
  • M.P.A., Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1976
  • B.A., Bowie State University in Anthropology-Sociology, 1969
  • Other Graduate Study: University of Notre Dame, 1969-1970: 1980-1981

Appointments

Rice University, 1996 to Present  

  • Associate Provost, 1996 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Education, 2000 - Present
  • Principal Investigator and Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program, 1998 – Present
  • Co-Principal Investigator, National Space Biomedical Research Institute Educational Outreach
    Grant, 2001 - Present
  • Lecturer on Education, 1997-2000

University of Notre Dame, 1973 to 1996 (on leave, 1983-1986) 

  • Executive Assistant to the President, 1988-199
  • Director, Urban Institute for Community and Educational Initiatives, 1992-1995
  • Concurrent Associate Professor in Sociology, 1991-1996
  • Director, Center for Educational Opportunity, 1980-1983; 1986-1996
  • Associate Professional Specialist Faculty in Urban Studies, 1980-1996
  • Assistant Professional Specialist Faculty in Urban Studies, 1976-1980
  • Director, Upward Bound, 1976-1983; 1986-1988
  • Assistant Director, Upward Bound, 1973-1976

Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1983 to 1986 

  • Teaching Fellow, 1985
  • Academic Counselor/Graduate Assistant, Office of the Assistant Dean, 1984-1986
  • Administrative Intern & Researcher, 1983-1984

City of South Bend, Indiana, 1970 to 1973 

  • Systems Coordinator, Mayor’s Manpower Planning Council, 1971-1973
  • Director, Summer Youth Employment Program, 1971
  • Job Coach, Public Service Careers Office, 1970-1971

United States Senate, 1970 

  • Intern/Research Assistant to Senator Joseph Tydings (MD), 1970 (summer)

Bowie State University, 1968-1969 

  • Faculty Assistant, Anthropology-Sociology Department, 1968-1969

 

Synergistic Activities

Teaching Experience
University of Notre Dame 

  • SOC 581-582 Ethnographic Research Methods I & II (1995-1996)
  • SOC 468-Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Life: Lecture Series (spring 1996)
  • SOC 462-Equity and Excellence in America’s Urban Schools (spring 1995)
  • SOC 625-Workshop in Ethnographic Research Methods (fall 1993, spring 1994)
  • SOC 653-Directed Readings, “Ethnographic Methods” (fall 1991, spring 1992)
  • SOC 654-Directed Readings, “Ethnographic Research in Education” (spring 1991)
  • FS 180-Freshman Seminar, “Historical Perspectives in American Education” (spring 1991)
  • FS 180-Freshman Seminar, “Contemporary Issues in American Education (spring 1989, fall 1990, fall 1991, fall 1992)

Consulting Activity 

  • THE COLLEGE BOARD, New York, NY
    Reviewer. Advanced Placement Fellowship Selection Committee (1998 - 2001)
  • URBAN UNIVERSITY PORTFOLIO PROJECT, Indianapolis, IN
    Institutional Review Board. Advise administrators at six urban universities that are participants in an effort to develop a new medium for communicating the work and effectiveness of urban public higher education. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the project is sponsored by the American Association for Higher Education and is hosted by Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (1998 – 2001)
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Washington, DC
    National Center For Educational Statistics
    Outside Reviewer. Historical Trends: State Educational Facts, 1969-1983, edited by John A.
    Grymes and Irene Boden Horworth (November 1991 - February 1992).
  • LILLY ENDOWMENT, Indianapolis, IN
    Program Initiative: Improving Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Campus Climate at four-year
    Independent Midwest Colleges.
    Consultant. Advised the Endowment in planning and application review process (October 1990-1991).
  • NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Trenton, NJ
    Educational Opportunity Fund Program, Project Director’s Development Institute
    Consultant/Trainer. Conducted 4 two-hour sessions entitled, “Planning the Future of Your Program: Developmental Stages in Facilitating Programmatic and Institutional Change” for 59 EOF project directors (October 20-21, 1989).
  • UNITED STATES OFFICE OF EDUCATION, REGION V, Chicago, IL
    Field Reader. Reviewed TRIO Program grant applications (March 1977).

Selected Academic Committee Work at Rice University 

  • Chair, Educational Outreach Council
  • Member, Graduate Council
  • Member, President’s Council on Minority Affairs
  • Member, Affirmative Action Committee
  • Member, Rice University School Mathematics Advisory Board
  • Member, KTRU FM Committee (student radio station)

Selected Academic Committee Work at the University of Notre Dame 

  • Chair, University Committee on Cultural Diversity (1993-1996)
  • Coordinator, Partnership and Exchange Programs with Clark Atlanta and Xavier (LA) Universities
  • Co-Chair, University Task Force on Cultural Diversity (1991-1992)
  • Mentor, South African Career Development Fellows (1990-1993)

Boards 

  • LifeGift Organ Donation Center, Board of Directors (2000 - present)
  • Bowie State University, Board of Visitors, 1998 – Present
  • Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1995-Present
  • Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review, 1984-1986