Courtney Smith-Orr, Ph.D.

Dr. Courtney Smith-Orr, Ph.D.

Teaching Associate Professor and Outreach Director
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PhD, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2015
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Norfolk State, 2012
  • B.S., Optical Engineering, Norfolk State, 2010
  • Diversity and Inclusion Pedagogy in the Engineering Classroom
  • Faculty mentoring of women and minority students in engineering
  • Retention of women and minority students in engineering
Selected Publications:
  1. Strong, A. C., Smith-Orr, C. S., Bodnar, C. A., Lee, W. C., Faber, C. J., & McCave, E. J. Using a Critical Incident-centered Transition Theory Framework to Explore Engineering Education Research Faculty Transitions.
  2. Smith-Orr, C. S., & Garnett, A. (2016, October). Motivation and identity in C++ the effects of music in an engineering classroom. In Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2016 IEEE (pp. 1-5). IEEE.
  3. Faber, C. J., Bodnar, C. A., Strong, A. C., Lee, W. C., McCave, E. J., & Smith, C. S. (2016, June). Narrating the experiences of first-year faculty in the Engineering Education Research community: Developing a qualitative, collaborative research methodology. In 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.
  4. Kajfez, R. L., Smith-Orr, C., & McCord, R. (2017). An Initial Exploration: Perspectives from Graduate Teaching Assistants.
  5. Smith, C. S. (2015). The Intersecting Perspective: African American Female Experiences with Faculty Mentoring in Undergraduate Engineering (Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Tech).
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