Wanda J. Smith, associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1997, Smith has served as the director of the Pamplin College of Business Business Leadership Center.
Her research interests include group dynamics, management education, information technology career persistence, performance feedback, and corporate social responsibility.
Smith was principal or co-principal investigator on grants researching student entry training and development, and retention in the information technology field.
She authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, including Business and Society, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Management Education, and Psychological Reports. She has served as a National Science Foundation panel review member and reviewer for national and international journals and conferences.
In the classroom, Smith's teaching interests lie in the areas of human resources management, leadership, TQM, and organization behavior.
Smith received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown College, a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.