Markus Smith, Ph.D. – Vita


Education:
 


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Certificate in Religious Studies and Education (in progress)

Post-graduate Studies: Justice - Ethical Reasoning (Certificate of Completion)

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2011
Areas of Specialization: Educational Studies: Democracy and Education; Social Issues in Public Policy (Capital Punishment); Phenomenology; Sociology of Education; Social Justice; and Human Relations
Dissertation: “Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach.”

University of Oklahoma
, Norman, Oklahoma

Ph.D., Political Science, 2004 - 2009 (withdrew from the program)
Fields of Study: Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Theory, and American Government.
Dissertation Idea: “Does Retribution Cast a Shadow Over Justice?”
Completed all coursework for my major and minor

Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Certificate in Graduate Theological Studies (C.G.T.S.), 2013
Fields of Study: Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and History of Christianity

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
M.Ed., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2011
Fields of Study: Educational Studies: Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, and History of Education

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma
M.A. (With Honors), Political Science, 2004
(Graduate Minor in Criminal Justice)
Fields of Study: Public Administration, Public Policy, and American Government
Master’s Thesis: “Capital Punishment on Trial: The Issues of Cost, Deterrence, and Race”

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma
B.A., Political Science, 2002
(Undergraduate Minor in Criminal Justice)
Fields of Study: Public Policy, Public Administration, and American Government
Capstone Paper: “Aspects of Democracy Influencing Cuba

Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A.A., Political Science (Pre-Law), 2001

Southeast High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
High School Diploma, 1989

Academic Appointments:
  
     
Chair, Department of Political Science (2009 – present)
Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Professor of Political Science (2006 – present)
Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Lecturer Professor of Political Science (2004)
University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma)

Adjunct Professor (2004 – 2006)
Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Adjunct Professor (2003 – present)
University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma)

Graduate/Teaching Assistant (2003 – 2004)
University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma)

Other Non-Teaching Academic Appointments

Research Assistant (2010)

Senator Debbe Leftwich at the Oklahoma State Legislature

  • Conducting research on the viability of the Batterer’s programs sponsored by the Attorney General’s office.

Internship Coordinator (2010)
Senator Debbe Leftwich at the Oklahoma State Legislature

  • Assist interns in researching and analyzing proposed legislation for the upcoming session.

Research Assistant (2008)
Dr. Susan Sharp at the University of Oklahoma

  • Conducted in-depth research for the “Oklahoma Incarcerated Women and Their Children 2008 study.”

Reviewer

  • McGraw-Hill Publications. Textbooks in American Federal Government, 2008
  • “E-Government: Trends at the Grass Roots.” Oklahoma Politics, 2007

Honors and Awards

Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.) Award
, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, 2013

Professor Book Award,
presented by Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, Dr. Lisa Davison, Phillips Theological Seminary, 2013

“Award for Teaching,” American Association of University Professors, University of Central Oklahoma Chapter, 2013

Nominee for the “President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching,” Oklahoma City Community College, 2013

Certificate of Recognition, “Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma,” Oklahoma City Community College, 2012

Certificate of Recognition, “Political Science Program Review,” Oklahoma City Community College, 2012

Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City Community College, 2011

Gamma Beta Phi Society Honor Society, University of Oklahoma, 2008

Nominee for the “President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching,” Oklahoma City Community College, 2007

Sigma Alpha Lambda - National Leadership and Honor Society, University of Central Oklahoma, 2007

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

Political Science Department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

John & Eleanor Kirkpatrick Student Leadership & Public Service Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

Pi Sigma Alpha – “National Best Chapter Award”, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

Multicultural Student Services Academic Achievement Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

Political Science Student Leadership Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2003

American Political Science Association Award (APSA), University of Central Oklahoma, 2003

Golden Key International Honour Society, University of Central Oklahoma, 2002

Certificate of Achievement: Faculty Association Scholarship, Oklahoma City Community College, 2001

Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), University of Central Oklahoma, 2001

National Dean’s List, Oklahoma City Community College, 2001, 2000, 1999

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Oklahoma City Community College, 1999

Miscellaneous Awards

Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals in the field of Education and Research in Oklahoma
, 2010, 2009
Cambridge Who’s Who  

Outstanding Tournament Committee Member, 2005
USA Taekwondo, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Instructor of the Year, 2000
Poos Taekwondo, Edmond, Oklahoma

Courses Taught

American Federal Government
Introduction to Public Administration
Contemporary Issues in American Politics
Scope and Methods of Political Science (capstone course)
Religion and Politics in America (taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels)
History and the Death Penalty (currently constructing)

Publications

Smith, M. (2013). “The Allegory of the Cave.” Great Ideas for Teaching Anthology (Fall 2013). Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges.

Smith, M. (2012). Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach. UK: Lambert Academic Publications.

Smith, M. (2012). “Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach.” Internet Journal of Criminology, April. Access: http://www.internetjournalofcriminology.com/Smith_Impacts_of_Homicide_and_Death_Penalty_Experiences_IJC_April_2012.pdf

Smith, M. (2012). “Public Policy.” Oklahoma Government & Politics (5th Ed.). IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Co-authored with Dana Glencross.

Smith, M. (2008). “Public Policy.” Oklahoma Government & Politics (4th Ed.). IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Co-authored with Dana Glencross.

Smith, M. “Capital Punishment on Trial: The Issues of Cost, Deterrence, and Race.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, April 07, 2005.

Smith, M. (2004). “Capital Punishment on Trial in Oklahoma.” New Plains Review, Volume 4, No. 2.

Smith, M. (2004). “An Analysis of the Death Penalty in the State of Oklahoma.” The Criminal Justice Student Writer’s Manual. NJ: Pearson Education/Prentice Hall.

Smith, M. “Race, Religion, and the Death Penalty” (work in progress).

Smith, M. “A Voting Propensity Study: Does Education Really Matter?” (work in progress).

Presentations, Lectures, etc.

Invited Lecture “Hermeneutic Phenomenology: Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences.” Presented in EDS 6933 Naturalistic and Qualitative Research in Education at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2013.

Presenter
Great Ideas For Teaching (G.I.F.T.): “The Allegory of the Cave.” Presented at the 46th Annual Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Conference, October 2–4, 2013. 

Invited Lecture “The History of Capital Punishment.” Presented to the Introduction to Sociology class at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring and Fall), 2013-2009.

Invited Lecture “Crash Course in Phenomenology and How It Was Applied.” Presented in 6933 Naturalistic and Qualitative Research in Education at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2012.

Panel Discussant “Life After LA.” 22nd Annual Spring Symposium at University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, (Fall) 2010.

Moderator (2010, 2009). “Capstone Presentations.” (Fall/Spring). Presentations from the Scope and Methods of Political Science capstone course at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Moderator “Healthcare Policy in America.” (Fall). Debate in the Contemporary Issues in American Politics course at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring), 2009.

Invited Speaker “Persevering Through Adversity.” Presented to the Career Transitions Program at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2009.

Presenter/Participant “Spring 2009 Advancing the Success of Students at OCCC.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring), 2009.

Debate Participant “The Great Debate Over the Death Penalty.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring), 2009.

Invited Speaker “2008 Presidential Candidates.” Presented at Western Village Academy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2008.

Invited Speaker“Leadership.” Presented to the TLC (The Leadership Council) at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2008.

Workshop Facilitator“Stimulating Critical Thinking and Inquiry.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2007.

Session Facilitator(2002 – 2007). “Moot Court.” POL 2223 Introduction to Law, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Workshop Facilitator/Presenter “Campaign Picks in ’06.” Presented as a WOW Session at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2006.

Focus Group Facilitator“Professor Engagement in the Classroom.” University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2004.

Panel Chairperson “Capital Punishment,” “Same Sex Marriage,” “The Patriot Act,” “Affirmative Action,” “The War in Iraq,” and “Legalization of Marijuana.” Presented at the“University of Central Oklahoma’s #15 and #16 Liberal Arts Symposium,” Edmond, Oklahoma, 2004.

Panel Discussant“Legalization of Drugs.” Presented at the “University of Central Oklahoma’s #15 Liberal Arts Symposium,” Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003.

Invited Lecture“Police Brutality.” Presented to the CJ 1413 Administration of Justice class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003.

Invited Lecture“Types of Management.” Presented to the POL 2000 Leadership Development class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003.

Workshop Facilitator“Internet Research Workshop.” Presented to the POL 1113 American National Government class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003.

Invited Lecture“Social Equity and Affirmative Action.” Presented to the POL 2413 Introduction to Public Administration class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003.

Invited Lecture“Administrative Responsibility.” Presented to the POL 4253 Ethics in Public Service class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003.

Committees and Related Activities

Political Science Search and Hiring Committee (Chair), 2013, 2010, 2009
Grade Appeal Committee (Chair), 2013 –
Academic Scholarship Committee, 2012 - present
Academic Integrity Committee, 2012, 2011
Supervisor, Political Science Department Work Study, 2011 – 2013
Curriculum Committee, 2011, 2010
At-Risk Task Force, 2011, 2010
Social Science Division Building Committee, 2010
Geography Search and Hiring Committee (Chair), 2009
Academic Outcomes Assessment Subgroup, 2010, 2009
Assessment Team for the Gen. Ed. Committee, 2008
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Reaccreditation Process Committee, 2008
Achieving the Dream Strategy Team, 2008
Geography Search and Hiring Committee, 2008
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee, 2008
Culture of Wellness Committee, 2008
Diversity Task Force Committee, 2008
Tutor for the World Cultural Languages Center, 2008
Supervisor, Supplemental Instructor, 2007 – present
Academic Advisor, 2006 – present
Faculty Mentor, 2006 – present
Grade Appeal Committee, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004
Student Grievance Committee, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004
Student Technology Fee Committee, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004

Conferences/Professional Development/Assessment

Harvard University Division of Continuing Education – “Managing Yourself and Leading Others,” 2013
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Designed for practicing managers, this program focused on the practical understanding and application of management principles. The program taught the fundamentals of management from different angles, such as managing oneself, organizational life, and others. Topics covered: emotional intelligence, styles and preferences, culture, hierarchy, and influence and persuasion.

Educators’ Leadership Academy - “Higher Education Department Chair Academy,” 2013
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

  • The objectives of the Academy were to: Learn strategies for bridging the divide between faculty and administration; Analyze effective hiring and scheduling methodologies and apply them to their role as a department chair/school director; Correlate the relationship between effective planning and effective budgeting; Analyze their use of time, apply strategies that improve time management abilities, and appreciate the impact this has on reducing their own stress levels/increasing their effectiveness; Discuss techniques of conducting and writing an effective performance evaluation; Outline proven techniques for handling difficult conversations; writing effective reports, emails and memos; and communicating clearly with others; Analyze their department's/school's techniques for leading within that culture; and Describe the relationship of and develop the skills necessary to, coach and mentor faculty to meet departmental goals.

Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) 46th Annual Conference – “Journey to Success.” October 2–4, 2013
Midwest City, Oklahoma

  • The Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges supports Oklahoma’s Community Colleges by providing professional development opportunities, advocacy, and connections with key stakeholders to improve higher education in the state. Attended sessions included:

“Understanding, Teaching, and Serving Today’s Student” by Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark Taylor
“Doing things better than you can do by yourself” by Stan Greil & Steven Bloomberg.
“Methods and Techniques in Teaching Today’s Learners” by Dr. Mark Taylor.

Leadership OCCC Class VI, 2013
Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Leadership OCCC is made up of college employees eager to be effective leaders by increasing their knowledge, skills and abilities in essential management experience and by familiarizing themselves with the OCCC community.

Political Science Program Review, 2012
Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Responsible for preparing, and presenting the Program Review to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Felix Aquino.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2011

  • Invited to attend the conference with Greg Gardner, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma City Community College. Attended sessions included:

“Assessing General Education Outcomes in a Small Community College Environment” by Theresa Leiphon and Kory Boehmer.

“Killer Courses: Identifying and Understanding Roadblocks to First-Year Academic Success” by Griffin Barefoot.

“Assessing General Education with Student Portfolios: Making the Connection” by Donna Hastings, Kim Lovinski, and Beth Timmons.

“Utilizing a Campus-Wide Student Success Team to Improve Student Retention and Satisfaction” by Charles Gulas and Jennifer McCluskey.

Developed the Political Science Department’s Webpage, 2009
Oklahoma City Community College

Political Science 5-Year Report and Plan for Outcome Assessment, 2007 – present
Oklahoma City Community College

    • Responsible for preparing the document for submission to the dean, Dr. Susan Tabor.
    • Continue to be involved in the yearly submission of the Report and Plan

    Course Development

    Developed Religion and Politics in America course, 2012
    Developed a graduate-level course The First Amendment Goes to School for the University of Oklahoma’s College of Education, 2009
    Developed Scope and Methods of Political Science capstone course, 2007
    Developed Contemporary Issues in American Politics course, 2006

    Academic Affiliations

    Founder and Advisor, Political Science Association (PSA), 2010 – present
    Gamma Beta Phi Society Honor Society, University of Oklahoma, 2008
    Advisor, College Republicans, 2006 – present
    Advisor, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honor Society, 2003 – 2007
    President of Communications, Golden Key International Honour Society, 2002
    President, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma MU Chapter, 2002
    Vice President, Pi Sigma Alpha, 2001
    Member, Phi Theta Kappa, 1999

    Other Professional and Administrative Experience

    Assistant Certified Instructor, 2000 – 2011

    • Poos Taekwondo/Olympic Sport, Edmond, Oklahoma

    Restaurant General/Area Manager (1993 – 2000)

    • Pizza Hut, Inc.

    Retail Marketing Manager (1989 – 1993)

    • Conoco, Inc.

    Professional Organizations

    • American Political Science Association, 2004 – present
    • United States Taekwondo Union Tournament Committee, 2004 – present

    Civic and Community Involvement

     Organizer “School Supplies Drive for Willowbrook Elementary.” May, 2013.

    • With assistance from my students, we collected much needed schools supplies for an elementary public school located in the Oklahoma City Public School District. This elementary school is located within a very impoverished community, where most of the students and their parents receive some type of social service benefits from the state. The donations that we collected assisted many of the teachers who were spending their own resources in purchasing these items, as the school itself and many of the parents simply lacked the resources to purchase the school supplies themselves.  

    Mentor Willow Brook Elementary. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December, 2012.

    • Mentored some of the first graders at the school who simply needed a role model in their lives. Most of the children came from broken homes and lived under impoverished conditions. As someone who grew up impoverished myself, I can relate to these children, and tried to give them hope for the future. I would often bring them educational toys, coloring books, games, etc.

    Organizer“Adopt a Family for the Holidays Toy Drive.” December, 2012.

    • My students and I adopted five families in need of toys for Christmas. We were able to get retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to participate in the toy drive as well. The remaining toys were simply donated to Toys for Tots in Oklahoma City.

    OrganizerOCCC Political Science Capstone “Teacher’s Warehouse Drive.” May, 2012.

    • My capstone students and I raised over 7500 reams of copy paper for The Foundation Teacher’s Warehouse. The Warehouse provides educators in Oklahoma City Public Schools the opportunity to receive free school supplies based on a first come, first serve basis. The Warehouse operates on donations only. News Channel 4 did a web story in order to promote our cause. 

    Organizer OCCC Political Science Capstone “Adopt a Family for the Holidays Toy Drive.” December, 2011.

    • My capstone students and I adopted some families in need of toys for Christmas. I turned the capstone students’ presentations of their final research papers into a venue for all to attend. Not only could attendees listen to amazing presentations, but the attendees were also asked to bring and donate toys for our cause as well. The remaining toys that were simply donated to Toys for Tots in Oklahoma City.

    Organizer OCCC Political Science Capstone “School Supply Drive for Hillsdale Elementary” in Oklahoma City. May, 2011.

    • The venue for the capstone student presentations was used as a drop-off for school supplies for an elementary school in need of these materials. 

    Organizer OCCC Political Science Capstone “Food Drive for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.” December 2010, May 2010, December 2009, May 2009.

    • The venue for the capstone student presentations was used as a drop-off for non-perishable food, which would be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 

    Mentor Oklahoma Juvenile Detention Center, 2007. 

    • I was asked to come and speak to a group of juveniles who had been incarcerated at the facility. I went on to mentor some of them after their release from custody. 

    Mentor Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA), 2005.

    • I was asked to come and speak with some of the juveniles who were in the custody of OJA.