Debra M. Smith
- PhD, Instructional Technology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2013
- MBA, School of Business, Madonna University, Livonia, MI, 2002
- BS, Learning Resources Technology, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, 1978
- AAS, Media Technology, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, 1977
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, Project Management Institute January 2005 – January 2018
Debra M. Smith, PhD. is the Manager of Teaching Services at Henry Ford College where she works with faculty, administrators, and staff to lead faculty professional development, provide curriculum support, and coordinate curricular and co-curricular assessment.
Her academic credentials are as follows: AAS, BS, Ferris State University; MBA Madonna University, PhD, Wayne State University. In addition to these degrees, she holds a certificate in College and University Teaching from Wayne State University and has achieved certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).
During her 30 year business management career, Debra worked with a diverse group of business professionals to conduct needs assessments, develop and execute project plans, implement quality initiatives, design and deliver project management training, and manage evaluations. She has published a book chapter explaining how to match a workplace to one of five measurement and evaluation plans commonly used in business today: Balanced Scorecard, Strategy Maps, Appreciative Inquiry, Total Quality Management and Six Sigma. As a corporate trainer she used role play, case studies, narratives, simulations, and team building exercises to teach business professionals from Europe, South America and Asia.
Debra has spoken about instructional narratives at national and local professional conferences and meetings. Her research agenda is focused on narrative, adult learners, instructional design, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Administration & Organizational Studies, Project Management.
Instructional Design, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Project Management, Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Narratives and Adult Learners
Area of Expertise
Project Management, Instructional Design, and Assessment.
Online instruction, activity-based learning, instructional narratives.
- IT 3135 Project Management
- IT 4135 Presentation and Facilitation Skills
- IT 7120 Project Management