Tiffany D. Smith, Director of Research, American Indian Science & Engineering Society
Dr. Tiffany Smith (she/her/hers) is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a descendent Muscogee (Creek) of Oklahoma. She recently transitioned to the Director of Research for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In this role, Dr. Smith will be managing several grant-supported research related projects, and conducting research related to Indigenous students and professionals in STEM disciplines. Dr. Smith completed a B.A. in public relations/sociology, and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in adult & higher education/student affairs, all from the University of Oklahoma. Previously, she worked at Oklahoma City University, serving as the Director of Career Services and most recently as the Director of Student Engagement. Before then, she served as the founding Women in Engineering Program Director at the University of Oklahoma and as Director of Student Life for the OU Gallogly College of Engineering for 11 years, where she also served as the AISES chapter advisor for eight years. She has worked for 16 years in various aspect of student affairs, including career development, diversity and inclusion efforts, and student engagement. Dr. Smith has presented nationally on Indigenous higher education topics for NASPA, NIEA (National Indian Education Association), NASAI (Native American Student Advocacy Institute), and ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education). Additionally, she serves as the Chair for NASPA’s Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community, which has served as her home and family within the greater association. Recently, she was honored as the Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year award winner at the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference. Her scholarship focuses on utilizing Indigenous methodologies and her own Tsalagi (Cherokee) epistemology in seeking to decolonize academic spaces, particularly in STEM fields. She hopes her work will contribute to dismantling the deficit narrative and hold institutions accountable for providing culturally relevant support and space for Indigenous students. Dr. Smith enjoys spending her free time traveling, hiking, spending time at the lake, and having fun adventures with her partner Zach, and two kids, Tytan (6) and Mya (1).