Department of Management

Wanda J. Smith

Associate Professor

wanda smith


Office: Pamplin 2104

Office Hours:

  • M, W 1:00-2:00 p.m. & by appointment

Phone: 540-231-6105

Fax: 540-231-3076


B.S., Georgetown College, 1979
M.B.A., University of Chicago, 1982
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991


Wanda J. Smith (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Business Leadership Center.  Prior to joining the faculty at VPI in 1995, Professor Smith held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of Oklahoma, and Fayetteville State University.  

Dr. Smith's research interests include group dynamics, management education, IT career persistence, performance feedback, and corporate social responsibility.  She has published articles in Business and Society, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Management Education, and Psychological Reports.  Professor Smith's primary teaching interests lie in the areas of human resources management, leadership, TQM, and organization behavior.  

Professor Smith is a professional consultant in addition to being a management scholar.  She conducts performance feedback, diversity and international leadership training, as well as teambuilding and organizational change seminars in the public and private sectors.  Previously a personnel specialist in the United States Army, Dr. Smith owned and operated several businesses prior to embarking on her academic career.  She has also worked in the banking and communications industries as an accountant and financial analyst.