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Patricia Matisz Smith

Professor of Business Administration

B.S., Duquesne University
M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Capella University

Dr. Patricia Matisz Smith was named to the North Carolina Wesleyan College’s 2014-15 Wilkinson Lectureship for international business and economics understanding. She participated in Faculty Development in International Business with the University of Colorado at Denver. She is currently holds the position of Professor of Business Administration in her 26th year at Wesleyan. Dr. Smith directed the January Term for the four years that Wesleyan had this program in the academic calendar.

Dr. Smith is a reviewer for the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting 2015 in Bangalore, India. She serves as the Program Coordinator for the Business administration degree as well as the advisor to Wesleyan’s Rotaract Club. Dr. Smith has presented papers at the "Association for Global Business" and "University of South Carolina: Computers on Campus."

Dr. Smith earned a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from the School of Business at Capella University. She began her course of study after 23 years of teaching on the college level at two institutions. As an older student, she notes that she appreciated and loved the intellectual challenges. The online environment was a perfect setting to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. She previously taught eleven years at Salem College in West Virginia.

Her educational philosophy includes a dedication to enhancing the experience of each student. She aims to share knowledge and expertise in classes that use business case studies and an online business simulation to develop business acumen in her students.

Patricia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia where she lived for 27 months in Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Her husband Carl is a financial adviser and lawyer. Their daughter Caroline is the Partner Marketing Manager at Windsor Circle Inc. in Durham. Their son Carlowen is a graduate student at Florida State University. He recently published his first peer reviewed article titled: Multiple Zonal Jets in a Differentially Heated Rotating Annulus.

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