Dr. Justin Smith serves as the Director of Student Life (DSL) for Forbes College. In this capacity, Dr. Smith is the primary staff member within the residential college responsible for supporting and enhancing the undergraduate residential and extracurricular experience of students from all four years residing in or affiliated with that college. He coordinates efforts to assist the college's students around health and wellness issues and serves as the liaison between the student, his or her family, academic deans, and other relevant Campus Life offices; upholds expectations for good conduct and citizenship through conflict resolution, investigating and adjudicating disciplinary issues, and helping students to understand the value of living in a diverse community; oversees the Residential College Adviser program within the college; and plans, implements, and supports non-academic educational and social programming by advising the College Council and other student leaders.
Dr. Smith is passionate about the holistic development of students, helping them to discover and become the best versions of themselves. A native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, he received his B.S. in Public Health from the University of South Florida. During his time at South Florida, he was heavily involved with a variety of clubs and organizations, ultimately leading to his discovery of the transformational work within student affairs. Dr. Smith went on to receive his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. His research interests include institutional and familial experiences that influence multiple minority student success, specifically LGBTQIA+ and Black men.