Dr. Dennie Smith, professor and former department head of Teaching, Learning and Culture, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015. The longtime educator was raised in Clay, West Virginia and was the oldest of three children. He attended Marshall University and received his Ed.D in Education at Auburn University.
Dr. Smith began his career at the University of Memphis as professor and department chair where he met his wife of 34 years, also a professor, Lana (Massey) Smith. He started at Texas A&M in 2003 where he became a well-known faculty member at the college and wrote numerous publications in areas of educational development and research.
During his time at Texas A&M, Dr. Smith utilized various methods of teaching with his students including technology integration and social media awareness. Dr. Doug Palmer, former dean and colleague of Smith, spoke of Dennie’s passion for the application of technology in supporting teaching and learning.
“Dennie enhanced faculty access to and encouraged faculty efforts to integrate technology into their course instruction and to revise teacher education preparation curriculum to promote our students effective use of technology in K-12 classrooms. As a result, school administrators across the State have recognized our teacher preparation graduates as extraordinarily well prepared in the application of instructional technology to support student learning.”
He also helped to organize the Department Head Advisory Council at Texas A&M and served as the convener for three years. He used his research efforts to develop professional developments for teachers and administrators across the state.
Dr. Smith is remembered by his wife, Lana (Massey) Smith, three children, Chad Smith, Niki (Smith) Holman, and Shannon (McWilliams) McCarty; five grandchildren, Zachery Holman, Devon Holman, Riley McCarty, Tess McCarty, and Tabitha McCarty; his sister, Dr. Nina K. Smith; his brother, Dr. Randy B. Smith and wife Debby; and friends and colleagues at Texas A&M and various other educational institutions.
The family requests that memorials be sent to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Please designate gifts “in memory of Dennie Smith” in the memo line. Gifts received will be applied to an endowed scholarship being established in Dr. Smith’s memory for a student participating in a study abroad experience within the college of Education and Human Development.