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Chauncey D. Smith

Assistant Professor of Education
Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Ruffner 226
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2017
M.S., University of Michigan, 2014
B.A., Morehouse College, 2011

Smith's research is centered on Black adolescents' sociopolitical development in school and after-school program contexts. He is affiliated with the Youth-Nex Center. His work examines the ways in which Black adolescents recognize, analyze, and respond to oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, classism) in their environment. Additionally, his work employs an intersectional approach to explore Black adolescent school experiences across racial, class, and gender identities. For example, his current work examines the ways in which Black boys from middle class backgrounds make meaning of their school environment, their experiences of racial discrimination in school, and their relationships with peers.

EDLF 3170: Introduction to Adolescence
Credits: 3
Psychological and social development during adolescence are affected by multiple factors, such as biological, social and cultural changes, and larger macrosystem influences. We will examine how these influences shape development generally during the 2nd and 3rd decades of life. We will explore questions of identity, relationships, health and culture by considering key questions that adolescents explore such as "Who am I," and "Where am I going?"
EDHS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDHS 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDHS 5400: Youth Sociopolitical Development: Foundations, Theory, & Application
Credits: 3
Sociopolitical development (SPD) refers to the process by which youth understand and navigate systemic oppression in their world. SPD is defined by cognitive, emotional, and social developmental processes; it also involves community dialogue, civic activism, and collective hope. In this course, we will ground our work in multiple models of human development that emphasize the interactions between individuals, environments, and structures. It is highly recommended that students complete either EDLF 3150 or EDLF 3170 before enrolling in this course.
EDLF 5700: Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity in Youth Development
Credits: 3
This course is designed to examine race and ethnicity as social constructs and to explore how they matter in the lives of youth through a critical examination of youth development research, policy and practices. We will identify dominant group narratives and analyze how research and policy contribute to these narratives, and how individual, interpersonal, and structural factors mediate the associations between group membership and youth outcomes
EDHS 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
EDLF 9740: Internship in College Teaching or Supervision
Credits: 1–6
Opportunities for experienced doctoral students to teach courses or partial courses at the University, or to supervise student teachers under the guidance of a faculty member. Opportunities are arranged by the students with the assistance of the sponsoring faculty member.
EDHS 9995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent Research
EDHS 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisite: Advisor permission required.
EDHS 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.