Buffy Smith portrait

Buffy Smith

Associate Professor
Office
OEC 444
Phone
(651) 962-5697

BA,. Marquette University
MS and PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
At St. Thomas since 2004

Race and Ethnicity, Social Stratification, and Social Problems

 Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 10 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students with understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Dr. Smith has received several awards and grants that recognize her research on diversity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith’s publications have been featured in research and practice oriented journals such as African American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellence in Education. In addition,she is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education  (Lexington Books, 2013). She is the recipient of the 2008 Diversity Leadership Teaching/Research award presented by the UST office of Institutional Diversity.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/08/04/book-argues-mentoring-programs-should-try-unveil-colleges-hidden-curriculum

 

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
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Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOCI 110 - 01 Social Problems M - W - F 0935 - 1040 OEC 452
CRN: 40334 4 Credit Hours Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. This course explores the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to some of these major social issues. Special attention is given to issues of inequality (such as racism, sexism, and poverty) and problems in core institutions (such as family violence, unequal educational opportunities, and unemployment). This course meets a requirement in the Justice and Peace Studies program and fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.
SOCI 110 - P1 Social Problems M - W - F 0815 - 0920 OEC 452
CRN: 40968 4 Credit Hours Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. This course explores the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to some of these major social issues. Special attention is given to issues of inequality (such as racism, sexism, and poverty) and problems in core institutions (such as family violence, unequal educational opportunities, and unemployment). This course meets a requirement in the Justice and Peace Studies program and fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F 1215 - 1320 OEC 452
CRN: 40338 4 Credit Hours Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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