Tiffany D. Smith, Director of Student Engagement, Oklahoma City University
Dr. Tiffany Smith (she/her/hers) is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a descendent Muscogee (Creek) of Oklahoma. 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. She currently works as the director of student engagement at Oklahoma City University. Previously, she worked for 14 years in various aspects of student affairs, including career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, student engagement, and as an instructor for a first-year experience course. 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. In her personal life, she is a proud partner to Zach Smith, and proud mama of two children, Tytan (6 years) and Mya (1 year).