Kim Smith,Ph.D. Educator, mentor, blogger/journalist, researcher

About Me

Kim Smith (Ph.D.) is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass communication at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.


University of South Carolina (Ph.D. Mass Communication) 2008

University of South Carolina (Masters, Mass Communication) 1989

Howard University (Bachelor's, Broadcast Journalism, 1982

RESEARCH (Peer reviewed

Book Chapter: Smith, K. (2018). More Than a Comedian: Exploring Cybermourning and Parasocial Relationships the Night Hollywood Star Robin Williams Died. Global Discourse and Discord (in print).

Presentation: Smith, K. (2016). Using Timelines and Listicles to Enhance Learning and Critical Thinking in the Classroom. Paper accepted for presentation at Teacher, Teaching and Media Conference, April 2-4, 2017 at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, N.C.

Presentation: Smith, K. (2016). Extreme Grief, Gratitude and Celebration: How Cybermourners Mourn. Paper presented at Global Communication Conference, April 4-8, 2017, High Point, N.C.

Presentation: Smith, K., Campbell, K., & Harris, E. (2015). The A&T Register Newspaper 1915-2015: 100 Years of Pride and Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Paper presented at The Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, March 12, New York University.

Journal article: Campbell, K., & Smith, K. (2015) Cybermourning Frames and Collective Memory: Remembering Comedian Robin Williams on Legacy.com. Journal of New Media and Culture.

Journal Article: Smith, K. (2012). Charting the future of journalism education at HBCUs: Finding a place for multimedia in the curricula. The Electronic Journal of Communication

Journal Article: Smith, K. (2011). Anxiety, Knowledge and Help: A Model for How Black and White College Students Search for HIV/AIDS Information on the Internet. The Qualitative Report.


"This class is very informative. In fact, it has changed the way that I interpret many things that I see in the media on a daily basis. It teaches you to think outside the box when it comes to images and ideas that we have been exposed to on a daily basis.”–Ashley Oha

Develop critical thinking skills

Developing critical thinking skills are a crucial part of my teaching philosophy. In my Minorities in Mass Media class, critical thinking skills are developed among students by teaching theories and concepts that explain how and why people of color are portrayed as they are in the media.

Critical thinking begins shortly after I show and have them pick out examples of misogyny, hypermasculinity, hyperfeminity, examples of cultivation theory, social learning theory, framing, agenda building and agenda setting at work in the traditional and emerging media they watch and listen to. It is as if a light bulb goes off!

See how students dissected the TV series “Empire” during a “live” Tweeting session, using the concepts/theories they learned and new terms which were derived from research to describe stereotypes that have evolved during the rise and popularity of Reality TV shows. Now more media literate, some students said they will never watch the show the same way again.

After taking these classes, I have changed everything in my household that deals anything with technology. Less TV for the kids, less internet for the kids as well as less use of cell phones.”–Quaniesha Hillian
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