Dr. Karen Smith received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University in 2000. Currently she teaches and supervises graduate students in the doctoral and masters programs in Educational Administration, serving as a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development. She also serves as the Program Coordinator for the undergraduate programs in Human Resource Development and Technology Management. Dr. Smith previously served for 12 years as Associate Dean at a regional university, supervising the accreditation of the college, educator preparation and certification programs. Prior to her service in higher education, she was a teacher and school administrator in the Houston metro area. Annually Dr.Smith serves as a site visitor for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and past member of the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.