Elizabeth Smith - Faculty & Adjuncts

Elizabeth Smith, PhD

Elizabeth Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor of Education
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2238 Chapman Hall Room 328


PhD – University of Arkansas MEd – University of Arkansas BA – University of Arkansas


Dr. Elizabeth Smith is Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education at the University of Tulsa. Her research focuses on school-university partnerships, education policy, and the role faculty play in assessment in higher education. Through teaching, she prepares future educators to accurately, fairly, and creatively assess student learning and takes every opportunity to emphasize the inextricable relationship between education and equity. Smith completed an interdisciplinary PhD program in Public Policy with a focus on Education Policy and also has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, all from the University of Arkansas.

Research Interests

P-20 education partnerships
Education policy
Teacher certification policy

Teaching Interests


Equity and justice in education policy



  • Smith , E. (2021). P-20 Partnerships: A Critical Examination of the Past and the Future. Lexington Books.

Journal Articles

  • Smith , E. (2020). Assessment leadership and cultural change.
  • Smith , E. (2019). How are faculty rewarded and recognized for assessment work outside the classroom?.
  • Smith , E. (2017). Using the inquiry process to promote faculty engagement in assessment.
  • Smith , E. (2016). Impact of Adopt-A-Classroom partnerships between K-12 and university faculty.
  • Smith , E. (2013). School funding in Arkansas through the lens of Lake View.

Book Chapters

  • Smith , E. (2019). Using technology to facilitate P-20 partnerships in rural schools. In .


  • Smith , E. (2018). Promoting faculty engagement in assessment: Relatively simple ideas.

Courses Taught

  • Independent Study
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • First Seminar

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Oklahoma Association for Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
  • Education Deans for Justice and Equity

Awards & Honors

  • Public Scholars Initiative Fellow
  • Most Valuable Professor
  • Faculty Development Summer Research Fellowship
  • Best Paper Award 2017