July 31, 2014
Smith honored with Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award
OSU-CHS recently honored Kent Smith, Ph.D., with the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award for his dedication to training medical and graduate students. Smith is an associate professor of anatomy and has taught clinical courses in gross anatomy and sports medicine and graduate classes in vertebrate paleontology.
A member of the Comanche and Chickasaw Nations, Smith founded Native Explorers as a way to interest American Indians in careers in science and medicine. The program combines anatomy, paleontology and medicine with American Indian cultural experiences. Since 2010, Smith has mentored nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate Native American students through the OSU-CHS program on scientific expeditions.
Smith is an affiliated research associate at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, American Society of Mammalogists, National Indian Education Association, Oklahoma Academy of Science and the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU-CHS in 2003, Smith served as an assistant professor at OU. He was previously honored for his teaching skills with the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.