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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
  • 61-682-01 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
  • 61-682 Improving Instruction through Action Research
  • 61-683 Action Research Paper
  • 62-117 Inclusive Classrooms and Positive Learning Environments
  • 62-118 Teaching is Communication
  • 62-119 PLC III
  • 62-111 Ecology of Teaching
  • 62-112 Developmental Foundations
  • 62-217 PLC I
  • 61-613 School Personnel Administration

Academic Interests

  • Partnerships between education preparation programs and P-12 schools
  • Authentic field experiences and the role of student reflection
  • Perceptions of teacher candidates of working in diverse, high poverty settings
  • Teachers of record:  Teacher candidates teaching while student teaching

Scholarly Activity

  • Smith, L. G., Farnan, S., Seeger, V., Wall, T., & Kiene, D. (2018). Teacher candidate perceptions  of the impact of urban diverse clinical experiences. Educational Renaissance, 6(1).
  • Co-Presenter, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, “Rethinking Location, Location,   Location: A Case Story of Rural Teacher Candidates’ Changing Perceptions Toward Teaching in Racially Diverse, High-Poverty Schools through Collaboratively-Developed PK-12 Clinical Partnership with an Urban School District.” March 1-3, 2018, Baltimore MD.
  • Co-Presenter, Council on Exceptional Children Conference, “Perceptions of Education Teacher Candidates Regarding Serving in Racially Diverse, High Poverty Schools through Field Experiences”, February 7-10, 2018, Tampa FL.
  • Diverse Placements in Field Service, AACTE Data Team visit, Maryville, MO, October 28, 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, February 25, 2016, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Co-presenter “Field Experiences resulting in Perception Changes of Education Teacher Candidates Serving in Racially Diverse, High Poverty Schools”, Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, March 15 , 2018, Columbia MO.
  • Co-presenter  Collaborative Partnerships and Alternative Paths to Certification: Conversations on Options, Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Columbia, MO, March 2017.
  • Presenter, Implementing360 Degree Feedback System in a small, rural school District, American Association of School Administrators Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2002.

Other Professional Experiences

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