Dr. Andrea Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia in the Early Childhood through Secondary Education department. Andrea received a BS in Early Childhood Education, an MS in Social Foundations in Education from Georgia State University, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. Prior to her appointment at the University of West Georgia, Dr. Smith worked in K12 schools as a teacher and administrator in metro Atlanta school districts in which she was committed to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning based on inquiry and advocacy in urban contexts.
She is involved with numerous professional organizations such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators (GATE). Her research is broadly focused on the intersectionality of race and class in education, urban (teacher) education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and educational equity. Dr. Smith is committed to embedding relevant issues of diversity into her practice, scholarship, and service. Her scholarship examines these issues by illuminating voices of youth and adults who have been historically and traditionally marginalized in schools and society. She also studies issues of educational access and equity for communities of color. Dr. Smith has been able to take her knowledge, experience and skill to higher education as she trains the next generation of educational leaders.
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University, 2008
- M.S., Social Foundations in Education, Georgia State University, 2011
- Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Georgia, 2015