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Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: Lagomarcino, Ames, IA 50011-1041
Phone number: +1 (515) 2944466
Email: rsmith2@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • How the organization of academic and social enviroments in college shapes student relational networks
  • College student transitions
  • Learning communities
  • Higher education knowledge networks
  • Mixed methods social network analysis

Selected Publications

Smith, R.A. (2019). Structuring the conversations:  Using co-citation networks to trace 60 years of the Journal of College Student Development. Journal of College Student Development, 60(6), 695-717.

Smith, R.A., & Vonhoff, C. (2019). Problematizing community:  A network approach to conceptualizing campus communities. Journal of College Student Development, 60(3), 255-270.

Heiland, F.W., Korenman, S., & Smith, R.A. (2019). Estimating the educational consequences of teenage childbearing:  Identification, heterogeneous effects and the value of biological relationship information.  Economics and Human Biology, 33, 15-28.

Smith, R.A.  (2018). Connective segregation:  Residential learning communities as networks of engagement. The Review of Higher Education, 42(1), 1-27.

Smith, R.A. (2015). Magnets and seekers:  A network perspective on academic integration. The Journal of Higher Education, 86(6), 893-922.

Smith, R..A. (2011). Learning community transitions in the first year:  A case study of academic and social network change. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 23(2), 13-31.

Smith, R.A. (2010). Feeling supported:  Curricular learning communities for basic skills courses and students who speak English as a second language. Community College Review, 37(3), 261-284.



PhD - Syracuse University | Higher Postsecondary Education

MA - Syracuse University | Higher Postsecondary Education

BA - University of Wisconsin-Madison | History


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