Assistant Professor of Instruction
Scott Smith is a graduate of Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio with a B.S. in Biology Education. He also holds three graduate degrees; an M.Ed. in Physical Education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, an Ed. Spec. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Sport Management, also from Missouri.
Scott Smith’s career in education includes teaching, coaching and administration at both the K-12 level and in higher education. After teaching biology and general science in Ohio, he began his administrative career as an assistant principal and athletic director in Missouri.
In June 1994, Smith became the District Director of Athletics for the Wichita, Kansas Public Schools and the Executive Director of the Greater Wichita Athletic League. In 1999 Smith moved to the Dayton, Ohio public schools as an Assistant Superintendent in charge of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the entire district.
While doing graduate work at Missouri, Smith also worked in the Mizzou Athletic Department for three years and in the Middle Level Leadership Center as a research assistant for one year.
In August 2003, Dr. Smith joined the Physical Education and Sport faculty at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He became the PES Department Chair in August 2010 and was promoted to Full Professor in August 2014. Smith retired from Central Michigan in December 2014 and currently holds Professor Emeritus status at CMU.
In January 2015 Scott Smith assumed the role of Director of the Master’s in Athletic Administration (MAA) Program at Ohio University. He also holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University and teaches full time in the MAA Program.
Smith’s research and presentation interests are concentrated primarily in the realm of interscholastic athletics administration. He has written and published multiple articles and book chapters and made numerous state and national presentations. He currently serves as a consultant to the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in Indianapolis.