Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Paula Smith is a clinical assistant professor who serves as the director of Clinical Education. In this position, she takes a leading role in connecting the clinical community with opportunities for students in Vermont, New England and across the country. She organizes programs to ensure that students are developing strong clinical skills and professionalism while they are working in internships. Paula communicates regularly with partnering clinics to evaluate the progress of students in clinical education. Her areas of practice are acute care, geriatrics, and orthopedics, while her research interests include clinical education, entry level employment, and community outreach in geriatrics. Paula has been active in clinical education at all stages of her career and is privileged to support the professional development of students.

Paula Smith, D.P.T.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Analysis of structured clinical education in transition to workplace
  • Service learning to engage student learning in geriatrics
  • Leadership in D.P.T. education


  • D.P.T.; Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., Administrative Science; Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Physical Therapy; University of Vermont


Courses Taught

  • PT 306 - Professional Seminar I
  • PT 319 - Movement Science 2
  • PT 360 - Integrated Patient Management Seminar
  • PT 370 - Clinical Internship 1
  • PT 371 - Clinical Internship 2
  • PT 372, 373, 374 - Clinical Internship 3
  • PT 375 - Clinical Internship 4