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Smith selected as NMSU director of assessment

After an internal search, longtime faculty member David Smith has been named director of the Office of Assessment at New Mexico State University.


Office of Assessment Director David Smith
Longtime faculty member David Smith has been named director of the Office of Assessment at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

As director of assessment, Smith will provide assessment resources, support and feedback for faculty and staff throughout the NMSU system as they strive to improve the learning and overall experience of students.

Smith received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and began his career as a faculty member of NMSU?s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in 1994. During his 21 years of teaching, Smith has been a leading proponent of course assessment on the NMSU campus and a mentor to numerous graduate student and faculty instructors.

NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Daniel Howard said, ?I could not be more delighted that a faculty member of his stature has taken over the Office of Assessment.?

Smith received the NMSU Teaching Academy Innovation Award in 2009 and its Best Workshop Award in 2011, and was recently honored as one of NMSU?s first Teaching Academy Fellows. He has served for the past five years as a member, or chair, of NMSU?s Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning in General Education.