Dr. Temple SmithAssistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Temple Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work.
Temple received her Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University. Her dissertation, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, examined college student financial strain, depression and academic performance. Her research connects empirical findings to influence both pedagogical practices and collegiate culture and programming. Temple's most recent publications appear in the Journal of Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care and the Journal of Teaching Sociology. Her current research explores college-aged populations and the impact of childhood poverty on aspirations, opportunity construction and academic performance.
AREAS OF Expertise
- Race, mental health and economic stratification
- Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2012
- Exchange Language Studies Program, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2004
- B.A., English, Michigan State University, 2003
HONORS, GRANTS and AWARDS
- Faculty of the year, Hope College, 2016
- Minority fellow, National Institute of Mental Health/American Sociological Association, 2007–2012
- Recipient of the Outstanding Research Award, Michigan State University Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, 2011
- Recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Research Award, Michigan State University Excellence in Collegiate Education Consortium, 2011
- Scholarship recipient, Michigan State University Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, 2010
- Sociology scholarship recipient of the Research Enhancement Award, Michigan State University, 2010