Office Hours with John Gardner featuring Steven Smith

Episode 109- Canadian Approach to the First Year with Steven Smith

Office Hours with John Gardner

Learn how the first-year seminar was adapted for Canada’s education system. Smith describes the differences between US and Canadian institutions while sharing what led him to co-develop an app to recommend an action plan to students.

Steve Smith is a Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. He has previously held the roles of Associate Vice-President Academic & Enrollment Management, Dean of Science, and Registrar, all at SMU. As an administrator, Steve’s focus was on initiatives to support student success. In partnership with his SMU colleagues, he launched (and assessed) several new initiatives. The research he has presented and published on those initiatives has demonstrated the short- and long-term benefits of several different student success programs.  Steve’s Tri-Council, provincial, and industry-funded research covers a broad range of topics, including forensic psychology, bias against people with criminal records, particularly Black and Indigenous applicants, student success, health promotion, DEI issues, and others.


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