University of Vermont

Division of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Biography of Senior Executive Director for Engagement and Professional Development
Sherwood E. Smith, Ed.D.

Sherwood SmithSherwood first arrived at UVM through a New England Board of Higher Education Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for 1995-1996 and taught in the Higher Education Program (HESA). As part of his doctoral program he developed and taught a graduate course "Multicultural Issues in Adult Education", lectured on the history of African-Americans in adult education and taught undergraduate seminars. In the past he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, Cooperative Extension Agent in Grant County in Washington, Adjunct Faculty for the School for International Training's college program in Kenya, and Assistant Director of Residence Life at Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. Within Human Development he teaches courses that focus on the developmental issues related to ethnic identity development, prejudice and the cross cultural influences on human development. As Senior Executive Director for Engagement and Professional Development he oversees a department composed of: ALANA Student Center, Center for Cultural Pluralism, LGBTQA Center, Learning Services Office, and Women's Center, reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Sherwood is passionate about issues of social justice and intensely curious to explore the social constructions of culture, identity and status.

Serves on the following boards:  National Association for Multicultural Education, Winooski - Burlington  Partnership For Change: Nellie Mae Grant Committee, as well as a variety of UVM committees such as the Search Committee for the Vice President for Enrollment Management, General Education Planning Committee and President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity (PCLGBTE).

Education: BA Science, Washington State University (June 1981), MA, Washington State University (August 1987), Ed.D, Ball State University (June 1996)

Professional Memberships: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (2012-15), John D. O’Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals in Higher Education at Predominately White Institutions (JDOTT) (1999-2005) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association (1984-05).

Research Interests: Sherwood's research interests focus on experiential issues related to identity development and attitude change, evaluation methodologies related to social justice education, and multicultural education theory to practice issues. His work has led to numerous presentations for a variety of professional conferences, including the American Association of Adult and Community Education, American College Personnel Association, Lilly Conferences, and International Educators (NAFSA).  He is actively involved in faculty and staff development training on multicultural issues as part of his work as the Director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism.

Courses Taught:

EDFS 322: Challenge of Multiculturalism for Educator & Social Service Providers
EDHI 380:  History of Higher Education (Masters core course)
EDHI 297:  Diversity Issues in Higher Education (Masters core course)
EDHI 291   Higher Education and Student Affairs Special Topics
EDSS 200: Building More Just and Caring Schools
HDFS 295: The Development of Prejudice
HDFS 295: Development of Ethnic Identity: Constructions of Whiteness
HDFS 295: Difference and Diversity
HDFS 141: Interrogating Whiteness
HDFS 260: Family Ecosystems
PEAC 059: Intermediate Foil Fencing

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