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J. Frank Smith, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Educaton; Professor of Kinesiology

Phone: 512-448-8555

  • PhD in Physical Education at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1988
  • MSEd in Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1976
  • BSEd in Physical Education at Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas, 1975
Why I Teach

I try to simplify complicated course material for my students. My style is to use analogies and concrete examples to make the ideas more accessible. I also work to create a safe and supportive space in the classroom, so my students feel free to ask questions and express their own thoughts and opinions.

I love the moment when the light bulb turns on in a student’s mind. Sometimes, this happens in a classroom discussion or when a student scores well on a test. It’s exciting to be a part of this process.