Debra M. Smith

Debra M. Smith
Adjunct Faculty - Learning Design and Technology

Office Hours: By appointment


  • 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.



Academic Interests

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.

Research Interests

Online instruction, activity-based learning, instructional narratives.

Courses Taught

  • IT 3135 Project Management
  • IT 4135 Presentation and Facilitation Skills
  • IT 7120 Project Management


  •  Story it! Enabling learning transfer to practice
    *Smith, Debra M.* 2014 International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) conference
  • Challenges & Successes in Planning & Servicing Online Programs
    *Smith, Debra M.* 2013 Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL)
  • Mentoring
    *Smith, Debra M.* 2014 American Society for Training & Development
  • Online Student Orientation
    *Smith, Debra M.* 2014 MiBUG Spring Blackboard conference
  • Respondus Monitor
    *Smith, Debra M.* 2014 MiBUG Spring Blackboard conference
  • Project Management: The Basics
    *Smith, Debra M.* 9 2014 Cooper Standard Management Training



  •  Evaluation in Practice: New Kid's on the Block
    *Smith, Debra M.* 2010 Measurement and Evaluation in the Workplace 3, Handbook of Training and Improving Performance