Doctor of Philosphy, 2010
University of Utah, School of Education, Department of Education, Culture, & Society
Master of Educational Leadership, 2000
Brigham Young University, Department of Educational Leadership
Bachelor of Behavioral Science and Health, 1994
University of Utah, Department of Behavioral Health
Physician Assistant Certificate Program, 1996
University of Utah, School of Preventative Medicine
Assistant Professor 2011-Current
College of Health Profession, Department of Physician Assistant, Wichita State University
Department of Public Health Sciences, Wichita State University
Adjunct Faculty 1994-1995, 200-2008
Brigham Young University
University of Utah
Utah Valley University (formerly Utah Valley State College)
ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Consultant to Dean of School of Education May 2003-May 2004
Brigham Young University
Consultant to Assistant Vice President of Faculty Affairs June 2002-April 2003
Utah Valley University
Assistant to the Vice President of Academics May 2001-May 2002
Utah Valley University
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Smith, D. T., Sabino, T. E. (Eds.). (Under contract). Social inequality and social justice in medicine. San
Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing.
Smith, D. T. (Under contract). The Truth About the Honor Code: When Race, Religion, and Sports Collide.
Joe Feagin Multicultural Series. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc
Smith, D. T., Jacobsen, C., & Juarez, B. (October, 2011). White parents, black children: Experiencing
transracial adoption. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Bringhurst, N. G., & Smith, D. T. (Eds.). (2004). Black and Mormon. Urbana and Chicago: University of
Smith, D. T. (Fall 2011). Dirty hands and unclean practice: How medical neglect and the
preponderance of stress illustrates how medicine harms rather than helps. In D. Smith (Guest Ed.),
Journal of Black Masculinity, Health Care Disparities in African Americans Special Edition, 2(1).
Smith, D. T. (Fall 2011). Introduction: A people in crisis: The continuing saga of racism, and the
enduring struggle for health care justice for African Americans. In D. Smith (Guest Ed.), Journal
of Black Masculinity, Health Care Disparities in African Americans Special Edition, 2(1), 1-4.
Smith, D. T., & Sabino, T. E. (In Press, 2012). Where’s the doctor: PA and NPs on the front lines of U.S.
healthcare. In Cynthia Cook (Ed.), Voices in medical sociology. San Diego: University Readers,
Smith, D. T. (2011). White on Black: Can White Parents Teach Black Adoptive Children How to
Understand and Cope with Racism? Journal of Black Studies, 42(4). doi:10.1177/0021934711404237
Juárez, B. G., Smith, D. T., & Hayes, C. (2008). Social justice means just us white people: The diversity
paradox in teacher education, Democracy and Education, 17(3), 20-25.
Juárez, B. G., & Smith, D. T. (in press). Social justice is not spoken here: Examining the nexus of
knowledge and democratic education, Inventio, http://www.doit.gmu.edu/inventio.
Smith, D. T. (2005). These House Negroes Still Think We’re Cursed, Journal of Cultural Studies, 19.
NON-PEER REVIEWED LITERATURE
Smith, D. T. (2012, April). Reflection piece: Understanding Ourselves to Better Serve Our Patients:
Landmark National Survey on Workplace Bias. PA Professional, pp. 37.
Luke O’Brien.,D.T. Smith (2011). The Truth About Race, Religion, And The Honor Code At BYU.
Retrieved April 22, 2011 from http://www.deadspin.com
Smith, D.T. (2011) BYU’s troubling honor code pattern. Chicago Tribune: The Opinion Pages (2011, May
Smith, D.T. (2010) Haiti’s Children and Adoption Question. New York Times: The Opinion Pages (2010,
Smith, D. T. (2003). Expect Nothing and Gain Everlasting Life. In C. Jacobsen, (Ed.). All God’s
Children: Racial and Ethnic Voices in the LDS Church.
Smith, D. T. (2004). Assaulting Our Own: Why Do We Denigrate One Another Instead of Uniting for
Social Justice?, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Magazine, 33(5), pp. 12-14.
Smith, D. T. (2003). Forty Years Later, the Dream Is Not Yet Fulfilled: Moving Toward a New Social
Rights Agenda, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Magazine, 32(4), pp. 20-21.
Smith, D. T. (2003). The Persistence of Racialized Discourse in Mormonism, Sunstone Magazine, pp. 23-
Smith, D. T. (2000). Cultivating Cultural Competency, Advance Magazine, 8(5), pp. 50-52
Smith, D. T. (2000). What Matters Most: A Guide Towards Improving Sensitivity. Salt Lake City: Scribe
Smith, D. T. (2000). What Matters Most: A Story of Human Potential. Salt Lake City: Scribe Publishing.
Smith, D. T. (2000). Our Efforts Can Have an Impact of Troubled Youth, Advance Magazine, 13(8), pp.
Smith, D. T. (1999). Clinical Care: African American Male Health, Advance Magazine, 10(4), pp. 15-18
Smith, D. T. (1999). Understanding Race: A Clinical Perspective, Advance Magazine, 7(1), pp. 10-15.
Special Guest Editor: Journal of Black Masculinity, Health Care Disparities in African Americans Special
Edition. (Fall 2011).
Contributing Editor: Southern Christian Leadership Conference Magazine. (2003-2004). A civil rights
organization created by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Responsible for the editorial content of the magazine.
Column Editor: “The Long Promised Day?” Sunstone Magazine. (June 2002-April 2004).
Column Editor: “Cultural Care Issues for Physician Assistants” Advance Magazine for Physician
Assistants. (January 1999, 2002).
INVITED COLLOQUIA & PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
White Parents Transracial Adoption and Religion-Key Note Address. Adoption Initiative 7th Biennial
Adoption Conference, St. John’s University. New York, New York. October 18-20, 2012
The State of Health Care and the Underserved. Kansas Academy of Physician Assistant Conference.
Wichita, KS. October 13, 2012.
Race, Stress and Adoption. POWER Conference-Pride of Wichita (and surrounding areas) Empowerment
Rally. Wichita, KS. March 2, 2012.
Health care disparities and Stress. Kansas Academy of Physician Assistant Conference.
Wichita, Kansas. October 13-14, 2011.
Introduction to Sociology and White Racial Attitudes. Brigham Young University; Provo, UT. November
Race and the Tenets of Liberalism. University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, July 13, 2008; November
12, 2008; February 3, 2009.
African American Health Care. In AFS 294 course: Health Issues in the African American Community.
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, February 2, 2005.
What It Means to Be Black—And Mormon. Brown Bag Presentation. Arizona State University, Tempe,
Arizona, February 3, 2005.
Smith, D. T., & Jacobson, C. (2012, May). “Emotion Work in the Practice of Medicine. The Emotional
Labor of PAs: Minorities in the Majority Setting.” American Academy of Physician Assistants
Conference. Toronto, Canada.
Smith, D. T., & Jacobson, C. (2009, April). “Transracial Adoption and Race Socialization.”
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. San Diego, CA.
Smith, D. T. (2009, March). “Transracial Adoption: Issues, Identity, and Outcomes.” Workshop presented
at the Transracial Adoption Conference. Brigham Young University. Provo, UT.
Smith, D. T. (2009, March). “How White Parents Socialize Themselves and their African American
Adoptees about Race”. Workshop presented at the annual adoption conference: Perspectives on
Adoption. Utah Adoption Council. Sandy, Utah.
Smith, D. T., & Juárez, B. G. (2009, February). “Race Lessons Out of Context: When Whites Teach
Blacks about Racism.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of
African American Studies (NAAAS), Baton Rouge , LA.
Jacobson, C., & Smith, D. T. (2008, October). “Transracial Adoption and Religion: Emotion Work,
Identity, and Racial Socialization.” Annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of
Religion, Louisville, KY.
Smith, D. T., & Juárez, B. G. (2006, November). “Social Justice is not spoken here: Examining the Nexus
of Race and Religion in Teacher Education.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the
National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
Smith, D. T., & Juárez, B. G. (2006, April). “You Can’t Argue with God: Exploring the Intersections of
Race and Religion in Higher Education.” Paper presented at the annual White Privilege
Conference (WPC), St. Louis: MO.
Smith, D. T. (2004). “The Mormons Still Think We’re Cursed: Using Critical Pedagogy to Fight against
Religious Racism in a Conservative Context.” Crossroads 2004 in Cultural Studies, Fifth
International Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Smith, D. T. (2004). “Race and Meritocracy: White Supremacy at a Religious Institution of Higher
Learning.” Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University.
Smith, D. T. (2003). “African Americans in Mormonism: 25 Years Since the Lifting of the Black
Priesthood Ban.” Mormon History Association Conference. Kirtland, Ohio.
Smith, D. T. (2002). “Stepping in the Right Direction.” Mormon History Association Conference. Tucson,
Smith, D. T. (2002). “Unpacking Whiteness in Zion.” Sunstone Symposium. Pasadena, California.
Smith, D. T. (1996, March). “The Clinical Management of Obesity.” Knoll Pharmaceuticals Obesity
Seminar. Marriott Hotel.
Smith, D. T. (1997, April). “The Future of Medical Allied Health Occupations.” University of Utah
School of Medicine , Salt Lake City , Utah.
Smith, D. T. (1998). “Managing Obesity in Family Practice.” Obesity Symposium. Aspen, Colorado.
Smith, D. T. (1998). “Applying Cultural Competency to Clinical Interactions.” American Academy of
Physician Assistants Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah.
TELEVISION AND RADIO INTERVIEWS
Interview. KMUW 89.1 FM: Transracial Adoptees Face Difficulties. Wichita, Kansas, January 10 th 2012
Interview. KPTS: Impact, Transracial Adoption. Wichita, Kansas, January 6th 2012
Interview. ESPN: Outside the Line, BYU’s Honor Code. Bristol, Connecticut, June 26th 2011
Interview. News and Notes, Blacks and Religion: Challenges to Teaching Faith, National Public Radio,
Washington, DC, July 27, 2007.
Interview. Religion and Ethics, African-American Mormons, Public Broadcasting Service, Washington,
DC, March 27, 2006. Episode number 931.
Interview. Sonoran Living, ABC News Channel 15, Phoenix, Arizona, February 3, 2005.
Interview. Race and Religion, “On Second Thought” with Dr. Mike Newcomb. KFNX 1100 AM, Phoenix,
Arizona, February 2, 2005
Interview. RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio. 90.1 FM NPR affiliate. Salt Lake City, Utah. October 29, 2004.
RESEARCH GRANT AWARDS
Physician Assistant Education Association-research grant (R50775).
An Examination of How Physician Assistants Experience Race-based Discrimination in the Workplace.
Principal-Investigator: Darron Smith, Ph.D., PA-C, Wichita State University; Co-Investigator: Cardell
Jacobson, Ph.D., Brigham Young University.
Award amount $7,000.00.
Tilford Diversity Grant-teaching grant
Funds to develop course on Social Determinants of Health
Amount awarded: $4,000
National Appointment to Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Physician Assistant Education
Member: College of Health Professions Academic Committee. Wichita State University, 2011-Current
Member: Diversity Committee, David O. McKay School of Education. Brigham Young University, 2005,
Director: “Celebrating our Heritage.” Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah, 2004.
Co-Director: Brown Seminar. David O’ McKay School of Education, Brigham Young University, Provo,
Utah, May 2004.
Member: Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah, 2004.
Co-Director: “Voices and Views of Black America.” Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah, 2003.
Member: General Education and Diversity Committee. Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah, 2003.
Oral Health Initiative- Give Kids a Smile day, PA students oral health initiative for at-risk kids
Ad Hoc Reviewer. Journal of Black Studies, 2012. “White privilege: A Document That Could Change
Ad Hoc Reviewer. Journal of Black Masculinity, 2012. “Black Males in the Community College: Using
Two National Datasets to Examine Academic and Social Integration.”
Ad Hoc Reviewer. Journal of Black Studies. 2011. “It Just Happens: Colorblind Ideology and
Undergraduate Explanations of Racial Interaction on Campus.”
Ad Hoc Reviewer. Journal of Black Studies. 2010. “How Are “Black Films” Rated in Online Film
Ad Hoc Reviewer. Journal of Qualitative Studies. 2009. “Religion and Education.”
Assistant Professor, Wichita State University
Department of Health Profession, Physician Assistant Studies, 2011-current
PA 725 Preventative Medicine/Epidemiology and Behavioral Medicine
PA 715 Medical Sociology/Social Determinants of Health
PA 733 Pathophysiology of Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat
PA 733 Principles of Neurology
Department of Public Health Sciences, Wichita State University, 2011-current
HMCD 623D Status of Minority Health
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Utah
Ethnic Studies Department. 2003-2004.
Adjunct Faculty, University of Utah
Department of Ethnic Studies, 2005, 2006, 2007.
ETHN 2550 African American Experience
Family and Preventive Medicine, Utah Physician Assistant Program, 2002.
FPM 552 African American Health Care Issues
Family Consumer Studies, Ethnic Studies, 1994,1995.
FCS 564 Understanding Youth Gangs
ETHNC 3910 Understanding Youth Gangs
Adjunct Faculty, Utah Valley University
Sociology, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008
BS 3200 Race and Minority Relations
BS 113 Multicultural America
BS 112 Social Problems
History, Utah Valley University. 2002, 2003, 2004.
HIST 417R American Issues & Topics: The African American Experience
Communication, Utah Valley University 2003.
COMM 350 R Special Topics: Mormon Cultural Studies
COMM 100 Introduction to Public Speaking
School of Education , Secondary Education, 2000, 2002, 2004.
SEC ED 113 Multicultural Education UVU
SEC ED 326 Social Foundations of Education
Adjunct Faculty, Brigham Young University
Sociology Department, 2001-2004, 2005
SOC 323 Race and Ethnic Minority Relations
SOC 326 Sociology of Education
SOC 113 Multicultural America
SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 112 Social Problems
Honors Department, 1995, 2002.
HONRS 230R The African American Experience
• Health Care Disparities
• Stress and medicine
• Sociology of education: Inequality in education K-12, College campus climate
• Social stratification
• Race and Religion
• Popular Culture and the Formation of Race and Representation in a Global Context
• Racial Perceptions of Black Health Practitioners in U.S. Health Care
• Transracial adoption and white parents teaching their children about race and racism
American Sociological Association
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Education Association
HONORS AND AWARDS
United States Congressional Honorable Mention presented by Representative, Hank Johnson, Georgia
Fourth Congressional District, May 2010