Dr. Stella Smith serves as the Associate University Research Chair for Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR). She is also an Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research at Prairie View A&M University. A qualitative researcher, Dr. Stella Smith's scholarly interests focus on the experiences of African American females in leadership in higher education; diversity, equity and inclusion of underserved populations in higher education, and P–20 educational pipeline alignment. Dr. Smith is a strong advocate for social justice and passionate about creating asset based pathways of success for underserved students.
Dr. Smith was recognized with a 2014 Dissertation Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and as part of the 2019 class of 35 Outstanding Women Leaders in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Dr. Smith earned her PhD in Educational Administration with a portfolio in Women and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.