Connie Argento-Smith

  • Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • B.S., Kent State University
  • M.S. Admin. and M.S.Ed., Ashland University
  • Ed.D., Capella University

Dr. Constance Argento-Smith (Connie Smith) is a tenured Associate Professor of Education and director of the Diversity Initiative and Summit in the Division of Education at Walsh University. Dr. Smith has served as a teacher and administrator in both public and private education before joining Walsh University in 2007. She has experience teaching higher education courses, as well as being a high school/middle school/elementary school teacher, forensics coach, and elementary/ middle school principal/pre-school director. Dr. Smith has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Management with a focus in Diversity and Cultural Pedagogy. In addition, Dr. Smith obtained a M.S.Ed./M.S.Admin. certification in Elementary and Middle School Administration, as well as a B.S. in English Education/Social Psychology from Kent State University.

Teaching

Dr. Smith teaches courses including, Educational Psychology,  Language and Cognitive Development, Growth, Assessment and Development, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, and previously taught higher education courses in business communications and speech. Dr. Smith is an advisor for both Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist majors.

Graduate Courses: Dr. Smith designed summer camps for local Catholic schools and co-instructed a STEM/STREAM project paradigm for K-3 educators and administrators aligning and implementing Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in faith-based catholic schools.

Scholarship

Dr. Smith’s current research is embedded in Diversity Responsiveness for educator preparation and in-service educators and Global STEM initiatives She has presented and published for state, national, and international conferences; topics including Global Learning Initiatives in a Study Abroad Program, Global STEM Education, Global Collaboration in an on-line community, Cultural Pedagogy and Diversity (K-12 and university initiatives), Extended Day, Summer Camps for ESL and school-age students, and After-School Programs.

Dr. Smith participates in University programs including, The President’s Diversity Task Force, The General Education Committee, The Division of Education’s Diversity Advisory Council,  Faculty Senate, and Faculty Affairs.

Study Abroad Experience

Dr. Smith prepared courses and taught in a structured study-abroad program in Rome, Italy where Walsh University teacher candidates visited and taught prepared content in  classrooms beyond our own borders, exploring global education, and preparing academics for a global economy.

Service

Volunteering for diocesan and public schools in her communities, Dr. Smith has initiated a collaborative partnership with The Goddard School, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Schools, Montessori Schools, Reggio Emilia inspired schools, and local Charter Schools in our communities. In addition, she has collaborated and presented research with colleagues from Oranim College, Israel, The Ohio State University, Franciscan University,  and The University of Colorado at Denver.

Dr. Smith is a member of the following external professional organizations: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), the Ohio Middle School Association (OMSA),  the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Ohio Chapter, OhioAEYC where she presented and co-presented research (May, 2017; May, 2016).

Dr. Smith lives in Magnolia, Ohio where she and her husband of 30 years have raised three children; Ian (Erika), a firefighter in Canton City, Mackenzie, a sales associate for Quad Enterprises/Quad Graphics, and James (Eleni), an Apache pilot for The United States Army.