Dr. Smith received a master’s in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Davis. He is a cultural geographer whose interest in the field began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. He later worked in Mali for the Peace Corps and for the United States Agency for International Development. In Africa he taught small enterprise development to rural cooperatives and trained Peace Corps volunteers. At Kennesaw State University he has taught Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, the Geography of North America, the Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Urban Geography. His research has focused mainly on rural environmental issues including food production in West African villages, forestry in the American South, and land use economics among monastic communities. He is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning as applied to online education. He joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 1996, was the founding chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology from 2006-2011, and was the Coordinator of the Georgia Geographic Alliance during those same years.