Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Keith Smith

Making a positive impact on his students as a professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, is far from the only thing that Dr. Keith Smith has given to Ohio State. For over twenty years he tirelessly served as the director of OSU Extension. Dr. Smith has also served as the associate viceOSU CFAES Dr. Keith L Smith Assoc. VP & Driector OSU Extension president for agricultural administration, and the associate dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, just recently retiring from these positions in 2015.

A graduate from Utah State University and Iowa State University, Dr. Smith has his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural education. Currently, Dr. Smith utilizes these degrees both as a professor and as the Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership. The latter is a role that focuses on administration and leadership in Extension education. As the chair, Dr. Smith works with other faculty and Extension professionals to help mentor faculty, design and conduct research and scholarship, and provide leadership development opportunities.

With a long list of accolades and accomplishments, Dr. Smith continues to serve and make a positive impact. He has both authored and co-authored a vast array of articles and papers that are focused in the areas of leadership, teaching, and program development. It is no wonder Dr. Smith is a valued member of the ACEL faculty team.


To get in contact with Dr. Keith Smith, reach him via email at

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