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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Linda Gray Smith

Dr. Linda Gray Smith



223 Brown Hall



Joined Northwest in 2016

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Iowa State University, 2000
    • Dissertation title: The Development and Implementation of 360 Degree Feedback for Administrators of a K-12 Public School District
  • M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership; Northwest Missouri State University, 1995
  • M.S.Ed. English; Northwest Missouri State University, 1983
  • B.Ed. Music and Elementary Education; Northwest Missouri State University, 1977

Courses Taught

  • 61-520-01 Techniques in Classroom Management and Discipline
  • 61-521-01 Seminar in Classroom Management
  • 61-569-01 Multiculturalism in Education
  • 61-569-02 Multiculturalism in Education
  • 61-682-01 Improving Instruction Through Action Research
  • 61-683-01 Action Research Paper
  • 61-521-01 Seminar in Classroom Management
  • 61-723-30 Writing and Interpreting Educational Literature Statistics
  • 61-724-30 Field Study in Administration and Supervision
  • 61-569-02 Multiculturalism in Education
  • 61-721-30 SPT: Human Resources Activities
  • 61-665-01/30 School Law Session 2 and 3
  • 61-655-90 Issues in Education
  • 61-682-90 Methods in Educational Research
    • Freshman Composition
    • Freshman Composition

Academic Interests

  • Partnerships between Education Preparation Programs and P-12 Schools
  • Perceptions of Teacher Candidates of working in Diverse, High Poverty Settings
  • Alternative Certification Route to the Classroom

Scholarly Activity

  • Diverse Placements in Field Service, AACTE Data Team visit; Maryville, MO; 2016
  • Panel Member, Excellence and Innovation in partnerships: AACTE and UCTE Members Profile Innovative Collaboration for K-12 –EPP Clinical Experiences in Rural and Urban Settings in the U.S and U.K; American Association of Colleges for Teachers of Education; Las Vegas, NV; 2016
  • Presenter, Implementing360 Degree Feedback System in a small, rural school District, American Association of School Administrators Conference; San Diego, CA; 2015
  • Collaborative Partnerships and Alternative Paths to Certification: Conversations on Options, MACTE; Columbia, MO; 2017
  • Clinical Partnerships, Annual Conference Department of Elementary And Secondary Education; Columbia, MO; 2014
  • Community Partnerships, Missouri School Boards Association Fall Conference; Lake of the Ozarks, MO; 2007
  • Participant Leadership Dinner Series: Early Grades Crucial in Path to Reading Proficiency, Education Week; 2015

Other Professional Experiences

  • Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources; Independence 30 (Independence, MO) - 2011-2016
  • Human Resources Seminar; Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) - February 2016
  • Superintendent; Chillicothe R2 (Chillicothe, MO) - 2007-2011
  • Superintendent; Worth County RIII (Grant City, MO) - 1998-2007
  • School Law (on-line); Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) -  Summer 2006
  • Grant Evaluator, Alternative Certification; Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) - 2006, 2008
  • Adjunct Professor; Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) - Summer 2005