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NORMAN – In recognition of her commitment to education, Joan K. Smith, dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, was today awarded a Regents’ Professorship by the OU Board of Regents. Smith has announced her intention to return to teaching and research as she nears 16 years of service as dean, which she will conclude on June 30. Under her leadership, the college has consistently been ranked in the top tier of graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report.

“Joan Smith has not only helped create a stronger program for the Rainbolt College, she has helped to elevate standards and improve education for students throughout the state and region,” said OU President David L. Boren.

To qualify for a Regents’ Professorship, faculty members must render outstanding service to the academic community or to an academic or professional discipline through extraordinary achievement in academic administration or professional service. In recognition of the high level of achievement required to be selected as the recipient of one of these awards, individuals receive a one-time cash award of $7,000 and a permanent salary increase of 7 percent or $7,000 minimum starting in the subsequent fiscal year.

An educator for more than 30 years, Smith is nationally noted as a scholar in the area of educational foundations.  She has authored four books and more than 65 articles and chapters in books on a broad range of topics, including educational history, women’s history and biography, historical perspectives on the education of minorities, and the development of teacher education. Smith has edited two foundation journals and held offices in national societies and professional associations devoted to the foundations of education.

She also has served as chair and member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education <>  and on the board of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She is the past president of the state’s Association of Colleges for Teacher Education  <> and past president of the National Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions <>  affiliated with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.


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