RIT Honors Director is Finalist for Commonwealth Honors College Dean

Danielle Taana Smith

Danielle Taana Smith, director of the honors program at Rochester Institute of Technology and a finalist for the position of dean of Commonwealth Honors College, will visit campus on Monday, Feb. 3.

She will give a presentation to the campus community at 3:15 p.m. in 174-76 Campus Center, and will be available for questions until 4:45 p.m.

Smith has led the honors program at RIT since 2009. During that period, the number of honors students increased from 500 to approximately 800, and minority enrollment increased from 0.02 percent to 4 percent. Her other accomplishments include bringing the National Technical Institute for the Deaf into the honors program and initiating collaboration between the honors program and the Multicultural Center for Academic Success and McNair Scholars Program.

An associate professor in RIT’s department of sociology and anthropology, Smith’s research interests are global health and development; global innovations and technologies; refugee studies; war, terror and violence; and Africa and its diaspora.

Smith received a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College in 1987, an MBA from St. Martin’s College in 1993, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2003.

Her CV is available at www.umass.edu/provost/.