TSU Alum Dr. Smoot renowned for ‘tough love’ teaching style

Credit: PROVIDED BY STEVE BUHMAN Pamela Smoot talks with student JaPone Johnson.

SIU faculty members wear many hats. Of course, you will find them in classrooms and research labs and at campus events. They advise student organizations and spend time in residence halls mentoring students.

They are a positive influence, because they care — not just about students’ academic success, but about their welfare. That is what Pamela Smoot experienced at Tennessee State University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also holds a doctorate from Michigan State University.

Pamela brought that caring attitude with her when she joined our faculty in 1999. A renowned scholar of African American history, as well as Baptist history, she is cross-appointed as a clinical assistant professor of History and Africana Studies. Pamela also is the director of recruitment, retention and outreach for the College of Liberal Arts.

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