A Mississippi State alumnus is the new associate dean for academic affairs at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Jack D. Smith, a board-certified theriogenologist, joined the CVM faculty in 2002 as a theriogenology resident and became an assistant professor two years later. In 2010, he was named director of clinical education.
Smith received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from MSU in 1999. Prior to returning to the land-grant institution, he worked in private clinical practice in Georgia.
“Dr. Smith provides exemplary teaching, student success assessment and administration at our college,” said Dr. Kent Hoblet, college dean. “His expertise in teaching and curriculum was instrumental in our 2014 Council on Education accreditation process.”
Under Smith’s leadership, Mississippi’s only veterinary medical education program has implemented new student-outcomes assessment measures. In his new role, he is responsible for oversight and management of areas ranging from student recruitment to outcome-assessment data reporting of all veterinary graduates.
“Dr. Smith shows exceptional knowledge in student testing, advisement and veterinary college financial aid matters,” Hoblet said. “His vision for the college and understanding of the important and nuanced layers of veterinary medical education makes him ideally suited for this leadership position.”
Smith has extensive experience on the CVM curriculum committee that works to introduce new courses and alter existing ones, all with the goal of keeping student training ahead of the professional curve in veterinary medicine education.
In addition to being selected for the campus Office of Research and Economic Development’s Fred Tom Mitchell Faculty Leadership Program, he is a past participant of the Association of American Veterinary Colleges of Veterinary Medicine’s Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, Smith was elected secretary for the American College of Theriogenologists, as well as to the board of directors for the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association.
Theriogenology is the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with reproduction.
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