Dr. Smith arrived at Nichols with two decades of work experience in the service, agricultural, industrial, retail, legal, and educational sectors. Those years bore witness to many former lives—as a poet and actor; a dual-sport collegiate athlete and JV football coach; a student lawyer on-campus and later a legal researcher for firms around the country. Somehow he emerged as a teacher-scholar of his deepest interests: sport, race, and the American experience. A recipient of Purdue’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, he has also taught many courses online and in-person for Ivy Tech Community College, Harrison College, Indiana University, and the University of Wyoming. Outside of the classroom he is a Table Leader for the AP Exam in US History and active researcher whose work can be seen in the Journal of Sport History, International Journal of the History of Sport, the “Sport in American History” Blog, Blackwell’s Companion to American Sport History, and the African American National Biography.
Dr. Smith teaches the following courses:
- Current Issues Symposium
- Introduction to History
- “Blood Stirs the Fight Crowd: Making and Marking Joe Frazier’s Philadelphia,” in Brotherly Love? The History of Sport in Philadelphia, ed. David K. Wiggins and Ryan Swanson, University of Arkansas Press, forthcoming, 2016.
- “Revisiting the ‘Thrilla in Manilla’: Boxing’s Golden Era 40 Years Later,” on the Sport in American History Blog, eds. Andrew McGregor and Andrew D. Linden, October 2015.
- “Boxing: The Manly Art,” in A Companion to American Sport History, ed. Steven A. Riess, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
- “The Report of My Death was an Exaggeration: The Many Sordid Lives of America’s Bloodiest Pastime,” International Journal of the History of Sport, January 2014.
- “Sculpting George Foreman: A Soul Era Champion in the Golden Age of Black Heavyweights,” Journal of Sport History, Fall 2013.
The lines between “work” and “hobbies” are blurry: in his free time Dr. Smith watches, reads, and writes about professional, amateur, and even fantasy sports. However, when not in his office, he is generally consumed by the greatest sport of all—raising two awesome daughters with an amazing spouse and their less-than-helpful dog.