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Dr. Margaret Ann Smith

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Health Science
Joslin House 205 • M/S 2903

For Margaret Smith, teaching at Keene State is a wonderful experience. “I enjoy the small classrooms, where I get to work with students more closely than I would on a large college campus,” she says. “I also love the collegiality of faculty – for example, professors working together on research and projects.”

While Dr. Smith finds a great deal of satisfaction in collaborating with other professors, she says, "The most affirming moments for me are when students say, ‘I was thinking the other day about something we talked about during class.’” That's because it plays right into what she wants for her students and what she wants them to take away from their experience in her classroom. In addition to wanting her students to hone their writing skills, she wants her students to learn how to think critically.

Degrees and Credentials:
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Clark University; Certificate in Gerontology, Clark University and University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
MA, Counseling Psychology, Boston College
EdD in Higher Education (focusing on alcohol and other drugs), University of Massachusetts MLADC, New Hampshire

Professional Interests:
Dedicated to the field of addiction studies, with a particular focus on high-risk drinking among college students; specialize in gerontology, addictions, co-occurring disorders, GLBT culture, women, and college students.

Professional Background:
Previous positions:
Case Manager, Elder Home Care of Worcester Area, Inc.
Coordinator of Student Interns and Volunteers, Elder Home Care of Worcester Area, Inc
Activities Coordinator, Worcester Housing Authority
Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, St. Vincent’s Department of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Adjunct Professor, Quinsigamond Community College
Coordinator of Peer Education & Coordinator of GLBT Programming, Dartmouth College
Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Dartmouth College

Current positions:
Professor, Keene State College’s Health Science Department (Addictions Option)
Adjunct Professor, Rio Salado College; Adjunct Professor, Washburn University; Adjunct Professor, Ottawa University

Awards and Accolades:
New Hampshire Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors Association’s Appreciation Award 2005, 2016; Rio Salada Adjunct of the Year 2013-2014; INCASE Academic Educator Of the Year, 2017

Selected Professional Work:

Smith, M. A., Finneran, J. and Droppa, M. (2014). High risk drinking among non-affiliated college students. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 58(1).

Smith, M. A. and Berger, J. B. (2010). Women’s ways of drinking: High-risk alcohol use and negative consequences among college women. Journal of College Student Development, 51(1), 35-49

Smith, M. A. and Baker, R. W. (1987). Freshman decidedness regarding academic major and adjustment to college. Psychological Reports, 61, 847-853

Loves reading, coffee, camping, and fireflies on a hot summer night!

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