Laurie Smith, Ph.D.


Professor of Sociology

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I have been teaching at the college level for around 25 years, 23 of those at ETBU.  I teach several of our research courses. I enjoy helping students develop their research projects and seeing how much they grow emotionally and academically during the process.  I also teach courses in Criminology, Death and Dying, and more recently, Gender Studies. 

I have worked with my colleague, Dr. Mark Miller, on several research presentations dealing with issues related to religious beliefs, most recently, tying those beliefs to drug and alcohol use.   I have also done several presentations about bereavement issues and have led a grief support group at my church.

I have been married for 21 years, and my husband and I have two teenaged sons, plus a younger son who died from SIDS in 2001. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 Education/Degrees/Years of attainment:

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, 1992

    University of Texas, Austin, TX

  • M.A. in Sociology, 1988

    Baylor University, Waco, TX

  • B.A. in Sociology and English, Cum Laude, 1986

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX

Research/Teaching Interests:

  • Criminology, Death and Dying, Women’s Studies
     

 Recent Scholarly activity (presentations, publications, etc.):

  • “The Influence of Religious Beliefs and Behavior on Alcohol and Drug Use at a Small Denominational University”, Paper to be presented with Dr. Mark Miller at Southern Sociological Society meeting, Charlotte, NC, April, 2014.
  • “The Influence of Religious Beliefs on Alcohol and Drug Use at a Small Denominational University”, Paper presented with Dr. Mark Miller at Southwestern Sociological Association meeting, San Diego, CA, April, 2012.

  • "Do Churches Practice What They Preach: An Examination of Church Charity", Paper presented with Dr. Mark Miller at Southwestern Sociological Association meeting, Houston, TX, March, 2010.

Professional Memberships:

  • Southwestern Sociological Association
  • Southwestern Social Science Association
  • Southern Sociological Association
  • American Sociological Association


Community/Public Service:

  • Troop Secretary for Boy Scout 620
  • Hallsville Band Booster member

Contact Me

lsmith@etbu.edu

903-923-2090