Stephanie A. Smith has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Communication in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Smith is one of 16 new faculty members this fall at the college. This year’s hires enhance existing program strengths and increase the college’s national profile across the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences.

“Faculty excellence is at the heart of Virginia Tech’s ability to succeed,” Dean Elizabeth Spiller said. "I am very pleased to welcome such a gifted and transformative group of scholars, artists, and teachers to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences."

Smith’s research focus is on communication strategies that recent college graduates use to seek and secure jobs. She was recently published in the International Journal of Business Communication, Health Communication, and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Smith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. She will be teaching principles of public relations and case studies in public relations.