Colleen (Marquart) Smith

Colleen M. Smith

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee, where the most technology-driven course available at my high school was “keyboarding.” From there, I decided to major in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. A pretty great challenge!

After participating in Purdue’s Boiler Gold Rush orientation program, I immediately decided to attend graduate school. Luckily, I was able to attend Clemson University’s Counselor Education – Student Affairs program with an assistantship in housing and residence life in staff training and selection. From orientation to residence life, I tried to fit in as many opportunities as possible, including interning at the American University of Rome in Rome, Italy.

From these experiences, I then decided to focus mainly in transition and first year experience in higher education. While traveling to different states for work, I found myself drawn to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) retention grant programs. I have always found my way through these positions by utilizing technology for efficiency and engagement for the students I serve in each position.

At University of Central Florida, I have started a graduate certificate program in Educational/Instructional Technology. Through these courses, I have taken my translation of technology and learning to new heights. Take a look at my Portfolio to see what I have created. I look forward to your feedback and questions!

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