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NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.


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NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

Christopher Smith Earns Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology 

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) is pleased to announce that Christopher Smith, NACME’s Director of Research and Program Evaluation, will receive a Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University during a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.

A NACME staff member since 2012, Dr. Smith will continue to report on trends in engineering education and policy while measuring the impact of NACME programs.

“We are all proud of Chris for the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation and upcoming graduation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME. “I know that he will be aggressive in contributing to the growth of the knowledge base in his field. His new degree will only increase his effectiveness in driving a robust research and program evaluation agenda at NACME.”

Previously, Dr. Smith worked as the Program Director of Evaluation Services at The After-School Corporation (TASC), where he evaluated after-school programs that were funded through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, and evaluated TASC-developed program models. He has previously served as the Newsletter Editor and Membership Director for the American Educational Research Association’s ‘Out-of-School Time’ Special Interest Group.

“Through my work at NACME, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many outstanding educators with doctorate degrees who have helped me in my pursuit of this degree,” said Dr. Smith. “From both my research and first hand experiences, I’ve also seen how education can transform lives. I believe that the rigor and research practices learned through this program will only enhance my work at NACME. The support of the larger NACME family has been a wonderful encouragement throughout this journey.”  



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