Angela Webster-Smith (Ph.D., University of Memphis)
Associate Professor, SLMA
Dr. Angela completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Memphis. She is a PreK-12 licensed school administrator through the Tennessee Department of Education and has completed training as a life coach through Coaching for Results Global. While in K-12 education, she served as founding principal of two independent schools and as a consultant for public charter school design. For many years, she was also an administrator in higher education. In addition, she has been a faculty member in several states and abroad.
Now as an Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas, she teaches and explores self-reflection, inclusiveness, diversity, and social justice in school leadership, in teaching and learning, and in individual success. Another stream of her scholarship includes the legendary dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a child, she was present for Dr. King’s final speech in Memphis, Tennessee. She conducts studies on his dream and authored a children’s book In the Presence of a King. Dr. Angela speaks internationally and has authored newsletters, journal articles, book chapters, and books. She is passionate about igniting hope-based schooling for learners and cultivating reflective living in individuals.
Dr. Angela serves on the board of trustees of a charter school and as an executive coach with public school principals. She is active on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, in the Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.
Flagship Courses by Dr. Angela Webster-Smith
Social Justice Leadership
This course critically analyzes philosophical, political, and practical matters reflective of the local, regional, national, and global contexts of social justice. Candidates examine a broad range of social justice challenges in educational leadership that pertain to history, theory, race and ethnicity, social power, language, gender, sexuality, and physicality for the purpose of influencing organizational policies and practices.
Foundations of School Leadership
This course is designed to explore leadership theories and to examine related models necessary in developing knowledge and skills to lead a diverse school community toward a shared vision of learning. Personality characteristics, leadership traits, and competencies in developing interpersonal relations are explored through reflection and self-examination.
School-based Organizational Leadership
This course explores the school leader’s interpersonal relations and abilities to lead a diverse school community toward a shared vision of learning and to organize the school as a professional learning community. Candidates demonstrate knowledge and skills for developing and implementing vision and mission statements, leading school-based learning teams, building consensus among diverse stakeholders concerning the change process, and communicating effectively.
Collaborative School Leadership
This course critically analyzes philosophical and cultural issues reflective of the local, regional, national, and global social contexts of which the schools are a part. Candidates examine a broad range of viewpoints, issues, and constituency groups that influence America’s schools and demonstrate competency in collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
Undergraduate Level Learning and Development
This course is designed to enable candidates to analyze, use, and incorporate an inclusive understanding of key theories of learning and how these theories coincide with principles of development and influence teacher decision-making for middle-grade and secondary students. The methodology used models developmentally appropriate middle-level and secondary instructional strategies. Various teaching practices are used such as cooperative learning, small and large group work, individual study, presentations, and simulations.
Graduate Level Learning and Development
This course provides an advanced review of both classic and contemporary theories of learning and behavior such as those associated with memory, motivation, connectionism, and social learning. It further explores the educational implications of those theories and investigates educational strategies for facilitating student learning.