Professor & Department Chair
Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology
Dr. Robert L. Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education. He served as the 63rd President of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Smith is a National and International leader who is the Cofounder and the first Executive Director and President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). He is a Past President of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) where he was responsible for the name change from the National Vocational Guidance Association and for developing the National Career Counseling Credential. His publication record includes over a hundred refereed articles and book chapters, and eight books. His research focus includes instrument development measuring achievement motivation, efficacy of self-enhancement programs including STEM for children and adolescents, assessment of online instruction, and efficacy of addictions counseling and marriage and family therapy interventions. Dr. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards in teaching and scholarship including: Fellow of the American Counseling Association, the Robert Stripling Excellence in Counseling Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award by the American Counseling Association, Distinguished Mentor Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, International Research Award by the La Sociedad Interamericana De Counseling at the Interamerican Counseling Society Conference in Managua, Nicaragua, President’s Leadership Award by the American Counseling Association, the Counseling Vision and Innovation Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Outstanding Published Research Award by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.
Dr. Smith's vita (pdf)