Tiffany Smith

Educational Research Methodology

Senior Evaluation Specialist
Office: 236 SOEB
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Research Interest/Keywords

  • Reflective Practice
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Program Evaluation
  • Stakeholder Communication


  • 2014 Ph. D. In Educational Psychology and Research, with concentration in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2010 B. A. in Psychology and Philosophy – University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Dr. Tiffany Smith is the Senior Evaluation Specialist in the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) office in the Department of Educational Research Methodology at UNC Greensboro. Dr. Smith’s current research interests revolve around the topics of reflective practice (self and contextual awareness), interpersonal communication, evaluator responsibility, and the role of ignorance in evaluation practice. She teaches classes and workshops in evaluation, research methods, interpersonal skills, and reflective practice where she emphasizes dialogue, collaboration, and critical/evaluative thinking. She has led approximately 40 different evaluation projects, including work funded by the NSF, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, foundations, and other community projects.  She is currently the lead evaluator or co-investigator for eight evaluation and research projects, including two STEM-related evaluations and a research on evaluation project focused on how we define and measure equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM evaluation.

Link to Dr. Smith’s CV


Smith, T. L. (in press, September 2020). Using People Styles for interpersonal competence: Encouraging purposeful reflection on communication behaviors. Canadian Journal of Evaluation’s Special Volume on Teaching Evaluation.

Kelly, S., Smith, T. L., & Brown, W. S. (in press, September 2020). Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of Writing and Public Speaking Anxieties. Journal of Business Communication Research and Practice.

Smith, T. L. & Skolits, G. (in press, May, 2020). Conceptualizing and engaging in reflective practice: Experienced evaluators’ perspectives. American Journal of Evaluation.

Chouinard, J. A. & Smith, T. L. (2019). Book review: Evaluation for a caring society. American Journal of Evaluation.

Smith, T. L. (2019). The role of ignorance in computer-mediated communication competence. In S. Kelly (Ed.), Computer-mediated communication for business: Theory to practice. Newcastle upon Tyne: UK.