Skip to main content


Photo of Vernon S. Smith, Ph.D.

Vernon S. Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Educational Counseling

Educational Counseling and Leadership
McAllan Hall 108

Vernon S. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith teaches courses in student affairs, college counseling and other core courses within the program. His clinical experiences include more than (18) eighteen years of counseling in collegiate, high school, and private practice settings. In addition, he has leadership experiences in student affairs having served as the Director of Counseling and Health Services and the Director of Housing and Residential Life.

Dr. Smith’s research centers around empowering young Black males. He has presented scholarly papers at international, national, state and local conferences on topics such as: Parent involvement factors from the perspectives of academically successful Black male college students; Exploring best practices for effectively serving and retaining African American college students impacted by trauma; Student retention; Family influence on student development; and the Impact of cultural trauma on African Americans. More recently, he co-authored a publication on the “Adoption of Black children by White parents in heterosexual and homosexual Relationships: Exploring mental health trainees’ explicit and implicit attitudes.” His other research plans include the training and development of counseling professionals, exploring the impact of Autism on Families of color, and the evaluation of counseling and supervision programs.

His professional projects include the “Empowering Young Black Males Summit” and the “Empowering Young Black Males Leadership Mentoring Program”. In addition, he provides mentorship and personal development workshops for Black male student athletes. Dr. Smith is the department’s faculty advisor for the Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society for Student Affairs (CSA). He also serves on the School of Education Social Justice, and International Committees.

Dr. Smith is also the current department’s advisor for the Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society (CSA) and the Educational Counseling Student Association (ECSA).


Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Florida

M.S., Family and Child Studies, Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy, Northern Illinois University

B.A., Psychology, Judson College


Scholarly Articles

  • Xing, T., Smith, V.L .S ., & Norton, A.L. (2017). Adoption of Black children by White parents in heterosexual and homosexual relationships: Exploring mental health trainees' explicit and implicit attitudes.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services,  29( 3 ), 233-251.

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES)
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)


  • North Atlantic Region for Counselor Education & Supervision (NARACES) Emerging Leaders Fellowship (2018-2019)


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Counseling and Ethical Practice (EDC 505)
  • Counseling At-Risk Children and Families (EDC 550)
  • Counseling Theory and Practice (EDC 530)
  • Diversity and Social Justice (EDC 535)
  • Leadership and Administration of Campus Environments (EDC 541, EDL 541)
  • Practicum in Counseling (EDC 600)
// //