Senior Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Richard A. Smith is currently a senior member of the contributing faculty at Walden University. He has been with Walden since 2002. He has served as Clinical Associate Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Houston- Clear Lake (UHCL), where he was also the coordinator of the UHCL master’s degree program in Instructional Design and Technology. In addition, he was the Director of Educational Technology for the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Dr. Smith is the author of numerous articles on, and made many presentations about, education topics.
Richard Smith has a bachelor's degree in sociology from New York University and has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Antioch University, earned through his participation as a teacher-intern with the Urban Teacher Corps in Washington D. C. His Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is from the College of Education of The University of Texas at Austin. After earning his doctorate Dr. Smith became a program coordinator with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he assisted K-12 schools to meet the requirements of Title IX.
Dr. Smith also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for rural public health in India. In addition, he worked as a curriculum specialist in the area of public health, with the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in rural Arkansas & Mississippi. He has learned Spanish, Malayalam, and Hebrew via the intensive conversational method (and French the way we all studied languages in high school). Dr. Smith also has a Texas Mid-Management School Administrator Certificate earned at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Amongst his various teacher certifications are a Bilingual (Spanish/English) High School Social Studies license valid for teaching in the New York City school system. He was a junior high school teacher in Washington, D.C. and in New York City (Harlem).