Prof. James Howell Smith, PhD

James Smith

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Wake Forest University
Location: Weaverville, North Carolina, United States

James Smith, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Smith began his higher education at Baylor University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1958. He continued his academic efforts at Tulane University, earning a Master of Arts in 1961, and finally receiving a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. Following this achievement, he completed additional postgraduate coursework at Howard University in 1969. In 1965, while completing his studies, Dr. Smith accepted a position as faculty at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he worked for more than 40 years. During his tenure, he worked as the chairman of the department of history at the institution from 1987 to 1995 and,  later, took on the designation of professor emeritus in 2007, which he holds to this day.

Dr. Smith has found additional success throughout his career as an author and contributor to professional journals, studies, and publications. He contributed to conferences at the Carter Center, a nongovernmental nonprofit founded by former President Jimmy Carter, additionally contributing to articles, book revisions, and encyclopedias. In 1977, Dr. Smith authored “History of Manufacturing in Winston-Salem.” He served as the co-editor of a 25th Amendment study and contributed to a report on disability in United States Presidents in 1997. From 1997 to 1998, he worked as visiting faculty at Texas Christian University.

In conjunction with his primary professional affiliations, Dr. Smith has maintained memberships to numerous organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He was a member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Beta, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors, and the American University of Association Professors. Dr. Smith considers the most rewarding part of his profession to have been watching his students gain new insights and change their thinking. Some of his students told him they made life decisions based on what they learned in his courses.

As an accomplished professional in his field, Dr. Smith has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He was the recipient of the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award from Wake Forest University, the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for contribution to student lives in 1979, and an award for leadership in Winston-Salem from 1998 to 1999. He was a Southern Fellowship Fund Fellow from 1958 to 1961, a National Humanities Foundation Summer Fellow in 1969 and a Lily Foundation Scholar at Duke University from 1977 to 1978, among others. As a further testament to his success and stature, Dr. Smith has been featured in the 23rd and 26th editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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