Vernon G. Smith portrait

Vernon G. Smith


Hawthorn Hall 339

Professor of Educational Leadership
Coordinator of Educational Leadership Program

Year of Hire:  1992


18 Hrs, Post-Doctorate Studies, Indiana University, 1986-1990
Ed.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1978
M.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1969
B.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1966


Professor, Indiana University Northwest 2009 - Present
Associate Professor, Indiana University Northwest 2002-2009
Assistant Professor, Indiana University Northwest 1992-2002
Indiana State Legislator, 14th House District 1990-Present
Principal, Gary Community School Corp. 1978-1992
Gary City Councilman, 4th District 1972-1990
Assistant Principal, Gary Community School Corp. 1972-78
Resource Teacher, Gary Community School Corp. 1971-72
Elementary Teacher, Gary Community School Corp. 1966-71
Adjunct Professor, I.U. Northwest and Purdue Calumet 1978-92 (periodically)
Founder and President, I.U. Dons, Inc.
Founder and Board President, I.U. Dons' Donzel Program, Inc.
Founder of five other service or youth organizations
Recipient of over 200 awards and citations
Recipient of over 100 certificates of achievement or appreciation
Listed in over 20 Books of biographical compilation


Education Administration
Education Supervision
Science Methods
Math Methods
School - Community Relations
Parent - School Partnerships
Building Self-Esteem
Urban Education
Educating African American Males
Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
3400 Broadway 
Hawthorn Hall 339
Gary, Indiana 46408

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 6:00

Email Address


Phone Number

(219) 980-7120