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Social Work Faculty - Dana S. Smith

Dana S. Smith

Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education

Office: C-345C

Curriculum Vitae

Dana Smith serves as Director of Field Education and Instructor at the University of Houston-Downtown. She enjoys teaching policy, ethics, field seminar, and community practice courses. Her dissertation was entitled Globalization and Social Work: Influencing practice through education and awareness and she co-authored (with Dr. Monit Cheung) Globalization and social work: Influencing practice through continuing education which will appear in a future volume of the Journal of Social Work Education. She is the former Executive Director of Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region, a nonprofit agency focused on health care workforce development and health literacy activities. Under her eight year leadership, the organization’s grant funding tripled and
the staff grew from 5 to 17 employees. She is also a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles /Johnson and Johnson Health Care Executive Program and a leader in the community, serving on several community boards.

Academic interests include:  global issues and social work practice; social policy; health literacy among underserved populations; health care workforce development, and non-profit management.

​​​University of Houston                           PhD - Social Work             2008

University of Houston                           MSW                                 2000

Texas Southern University                     MPA                                 1992

Spelman College                                    BA - Psychology             1989

Social Justice & Professional Ethics   
Introduction to Social Welfare Policy   
Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare   
Field Experience I   
Field Experience II   
Issues in Social Services   
Field Practicum I   

Field Practicum II 


Wernet, S.P. & Smith, D.S. (2015).  Using Students' Admissions Data for Social Work Program Assessment Process.  32nd Annual BPD Conference. Kansas City, MO.

McCarty, D. & Smith, D.S. (2014).  Student as Community Expert:  Facilitating a Paradigm Shift in the Classroom. 6th Annual HSI/Title V Best Practices Conference. University of LaVerne, LaVerne, CA.

Smith, D. S., & Cheung, M. (2014, Accepted). Globalization and social work: Influencing practice through continuing education. Journal of Social Work Education. 1/09/2014

Smith, D. S. (2013). Social Workers in Mental Health, Health Care and More – Scientific Symposium of Baylor College of Medicine and DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Houston, TX.

Dissertation:  Globalization and Social Work:  Influencing practice through education and awareness. Defended: 2008 - Dr. Monit Cheung, chairperson.

Smith, D., Randolph, R., Curry, K., Collins E., Pettway, S., and Reyna, A. (2005).  HOPE program simultaneously promotes oral health care and dental careers. The National AHEC Bulletin.  (22, 1). pp. 16-17.

​I have received two faculty grant awards for a high-impact/community engagement initiative which provides an opportunity for students to implement community activities that focus on older adults and autonomy.  

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