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John T. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, Pellissippi State Community College


John Smith is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He teaches developmental and introductory undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses. He is also a faculty fellow with the Pellissippi Academic Center for Excellence first-year experience initiative. In 2016, he received his Ph.D. in teacher preparation with a concentration in mathematics education through the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Department at The University of Tennessee. His research explored the transformative learning experiences of previously unsuccessful low socioeconomic status community college students. His research is informed by an equity focus through the lens of social class, with a particular emphasis on Appalachian first-generation and non-traditional college students.

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