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Dr. Jon Smith

Matthew Smith

Adjunct Instructor

"Always keep a positive mindset and feel free to lean on faculty for support. We are here to help you learn. Additionally, try to have a professional goal in mind. The more professionally clear-minded a student is, the more they will get out of our courses."

Degrees Held:

  • Master in Public Administration – Southern Utah University, 2019
  • B.A. in History – Southern Utah University, 2017

Career Highlights:

  • Conducted Greek research at the Vatican Archives (Rome), Medici Archives (Florence), and Richelieu Archives (Paris)
  • Higher education professional with over five years of experience in admissions and advisement. Has worked with student populations in business, the humanities, athletics and health professions.
  • Published thesis “Procopius of Caesarea: A Case Study in Late-Antique Historiography” in Vatican Press
  • Gave lectures on philosophy, history and higher education studies at Southern Utah University and Weber State University
  • Created and fostered multiple lasting private/public partnerships for Southern Utah University academics and Weber State University athletics

In which online degree program do you teach?

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?

I strive to engender in students the ability to think critically about a number of subjects and develop informed hypotheses/questions grounded in research, and then apply those informed notions to academic writing. In addition, I believe it is important that students learn to collaborate through new media and consciously adapt those skills to their professional goals. In some cases that collaboration may be with myself or with peers.

Why did you start teaching?

Teaching is one of the noblest professions. Knowledge is a tool of personal and professional liberation, and we're at its vanguard. As educators we have the privilege of helping students realize their full potential; I love helping them learn about themselves, grow and reach their personal goals.

What advice would you give to those considering this program?

Always keep a positive mindset and feel free to lean on faculty for support. We are here to help you learn. Additionally, try to have a professional goal in mind. The more professionally clear-minded a student is, the more they will get out of our courses.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?

Humility, passion, a growth mindset, attention to detail, and empathy

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

The greatest challenge for upcoming professionals is adapting to the unique opportunities in the current, skills-based economic landscape. Thankfully our program is designed to prepare students for exactly that.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

In my spare time I read Ancient Greek.


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