Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

Laura Smithers

2300 Education Building
Norfolk, 23529

Ph.D. in Critical/Socio-cultural St/Ed, University of Oregon, (2018)


Mazzei, L. A.. and Smithers, L. (2020). Qualitative Inquiry in the Making: A Minor Pedagogy. QUALITATIVE INQUIRY 26 (1) , pp. 99-108.
Eaton, P. William. and Smithers, L. (2019). This is not a checklist: Higher education and student affairs competencies, neoliberal protocol, and poetics. EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY.
Smithers, L. and Eaton, P. W. (2019). Reordering Student Affairs: From Minority Absorption to a Radical New. Critical Studies in Education.
Mazzei, L. A. and Smithers, L. (2019). Qualitative Inquiry in the Making: A Minor Pedagogy. Qualitative Inquiry.
Smithers, L. (2019). Liberal Education and the Capitalocene in American Higher Education. Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education 1 (1) , pp. 85-103.
Mazzei, L. A., Graham, M. C. and Smithers, L. (2018). Enactments of a Minor Inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry.
Koopman, C., Sheehey, B., Jones, P., Smithers, L., Hamid, S. and Pickard, C. (2018). Standard Forms of Power: Biopower and Sovereign Power in the Technology of the U.S. Birth Certificate, 1903-1935.. Constellations 25 (4) , pp. 641-656.
Smithers, L. and Eaton, P. William. (2017). Nomadic Subjectivity: Movement in Student Development Theory. Thresholds in Education 40 (1) , pp. 68-92.
Brooks, S. D., Dean, A. S., Franklin-Phipps, A., Mathis, E., Rath, C. L., Raza, N., Smithers, L. and Sundstrom, K. (2017). Becoming-Academic in the Neoliberal Academy: A Collective Biography. Gender and Education.

Book Chapters

Smithers, L. (2019). How Should Institutions Redefine and Measure Student Success? Student Success as Liberal Education Escapes Definition and Measurement Contested Issues in Troubled Times: Student Affairs Dialogues on Equity, Civility, and Safety (pp. 165-175) Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.