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Andrea Smith, Ph.D.

Online Chair, Assistant Professor

Education

  • B.S. – Education, Major – Mathematics, Minor – Business
  • M.Ed – Master of Education, Supervision and Leadership
  • MS.A. – Master of Science Aeronautics – Education
  • Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Instructional Design and Technology

Biography

Dr. Andrea L. Smith is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in education and aeronautics. Dr. Smith’s journey in education began in Florida, Arizona, and Maryland, where she taught mathematics and physics to K-12 students. As she honed her expertise, Dr. Smith pursued further studies, obtaining a Master of Education degree specializing in Supervision and Leadership from Liberty University. Building on her passion for education, and ensuring education had meaning for students, she transitioned into administrative roles, initially as a department lead and later as the Dean of Academic Affairs. Driven by a desire to excel in higher education, Dr. Smith ventured into the realm of instructional design, where she played a crucial role in developing aeronautics curriculum at Liberty University. This experience fueled her ambition to pursue advanced degrees in both Education and Aeronautics. Dedicated to lifelong learning, she achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, focusing on Instructional Design and Technology, followed by a Master of Science in Aeronautics, specializing in Aviation Education. With her extensive knowledge and academic accomplishments, Dr. Smith took up professorship roles within both the School of Education and the School of Aeronautics at Liberty University. Her commitment to academic excellence and leadership qualities led her to her current positions as the Online Chair in the School of Aeronautics and a Dissertation Chair and Committee Member in the School of Education. Throughout her remarkable career, Dr. Andrea L. Smith has made significant contributions to the field of education and aeronautics, positively impacting the lives of countless students and aspiring aviation professionals.

Certifications

  • Certification – State of Florida Department of Education, Professional Mathematics
  • Certification – Association of Christian Schools, Principal All Levels, Mathematics

Courses Taught

Aviation Leadership (AVIA 245); Orientation to Doctoral Study and Research (AVIA 701); Advanced Aviation Statistics (AVIA 812); Quantitative Methods of Research (AVIA 815); Advanced Quantitative Methods of Research (AVIA 915); Dissertation Planning (EDUC 960); Dissertation I (EDUC 987, AVIA 987); Dissertation II (EDUC 988, AVIA 988); Dissertation III (EDUC 989, AVIA 989); Dissertation IV (EDUC 990, AVIA 990)

Research Interests

Student perceptions of meaningful learning; student behaviors affecting learning experiences; student academic performance in education based on course design.

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