Dayle M. Smith, PhD, Dean of the School of Business at Clarkson University (CUSB) and a tenured full professor on the Faculty of Consumer and Organizational Studies in the CUSB, holds her PhD (1986) in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California (formerly Communication Arts and Sciences).
Prior to joining Clarkson in 2013, she was on the faculty at USC, Georgetown University and, spent 20 years at the University of San Francisco as a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. While at USF, Dr. Smith took on additional roles as an Associate Dean, Department Chair and Director of the Business Honors Program as well as chairing and/or serving on a number of key university and school-wide committees. In 2010-11, Dr. Smith was selected as a Fulbright senior scholar joining a team of interdisciplinary scholars on a multi-year initiative with 7 Hong Kong public universities to reform Hong Kong’s General Education Curriculum nationwide. In this capacity, she worked with other senior scholars, academicians, university administrators, government officials and the business community to reshape higher education for the next generation of citizens. She continues to go back to Asia on a regular basis in a senior scholar role to continue her work at HKBU.
Dr. Smith has taught internationally throughout Southeast Asia and in Europe working with executives, MBAs, and undergraduates in a number of diverse programs. She has been active in the role of service learning in an academic environment, receiving numerous awards for her work in curriculum design and leading university wide service learning curriculum initiatives as part of a General Education program. She has been nominated from USF twice for the nationally prestigious Ehrlich Award ; and was named a Top 10 finalist Ehrlich Award winner, recognizing her work in research, teaching and curriculum development at both the school and university level. She has designed and implemented a number of innovative new programs including the Public Service Internship Program (PSIP); and Business Honors Cohort Program during her career at USF.
Author of over 25 books and numerous articles in her discipline, Dr. Smith’s research has focused primarily on leadership, communication and organizational behavior. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and innovation; and, has actively consulted on design thinking, developing innovation cultures and leadership development. As a consultant, she served as a principle for a consulting firm working with organizations in the areas of: strategy; leadership, team development; and executive coaching. She is a co-founder of an entrepreneurial start-up, Lexingford Publishing,LLC; and serves on several boards including an international NGO, Viviendas Leon in Nicaragua. . Smith is past president of the Northeast Business Dean’s Association (NEBDA), affiliated with the AACSB, serving as a Program Chair, Vice President and elected as President for the 2015-16 term. In the AACSB, Smith is on the Steering Committee for the Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) and affiliates with both WAME and the Entrepreneurship Affinity Group. She serves as a founding Board member and Co-Chair of the Young Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board, a new venture of the AAUW in St. Lawrence County.
Dayle and her husband, Art Bell, are the proud parents of three adult children and grandparents to three young ones with one on the way. When not running a company, leading a school and finding time to be with family, they enjoy kayaking, travel, golf, tennis, movies, music and spoiling their grandkids!
Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Arlington
Social Entrepreneurship & Benefit Corporations (B-Corps); Leadership; Service Learning
International Advisory Committee for
- Keynote Speaker, 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service Learning: Make a Difference: Impacts of Service Learning, June 9, 2011. Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
- Fulbright Fellowship, Hong Kong, Academic Year 2010-11
- Named “Alumni Undergraduate Education Fellow” (for research and curriculum design activities), Spring/Summer 2010
- National Finalist-Top 10 for the Ehrlich Educators Award for Service Learning, May 2004
- A number of school and university teaching, service awards and school wide research grants spanning professorial career (1986-2010)