Steve Smith graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and from Webster University with a Masters of Arts in Computer Resource Management. He has been recognized with several awards including the El Paso Energy Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, the Aristotle Award for creative classroom techniques honors program, and the NISOD Excellence Award. Steve Smith is the Vice President of Instruction at El Paso Community College (EPCC). In this capacity, he oversees the instructional programs at EPCC’s five campuses. EPCC is a comprehensive urban college with 30,000 credit students and 8,000 continuing education/non-credit students in El Paso, Texas. As Vice President he has district-wide responsibility for the College’s credit transfer, career and technical and developmental education programs, the Americana Language Program, Instructional Support Services, Counseling Services, Libraries and the five College Campuses. Administrators reporting to the Vice President include eleven Instructional Deans, five of whom also serve as Campus Deans, three Directors: Student Success, Distance Education, Library Technical Services, and the Curriculum Manager. As a senior administrator, Mr. Smith oversees 1,500 employees and a $47 million budget.
Prior to his current role, he served for numerous years as the Instructional Dean for Math, Science and Career & Technical Education Division at EPCC’s Transmountain Campus. In this position, he managed the daily operation of more than 21 diverse disciplines. These include the STEMs disciplines and the career and technology programs offered at the Transmountain Campus. He also oversaw several programs offered at EPCC’s Administrative Services Center (ASC) and the 3D Holographic Lab at the Valle Verde Campus. He is the director of EPCC’s eMerging Science and Technology Institute (eMSTI) and also served as Campus Dean for EPCC’s Transmountain Campus. He also served as the liaison for the Transmountain Early College High School (TMECHS). This science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused school is a partnership with the El Paso Independent School District. Prior to serving in this position, he served as a full-time tenured professor in the Information Technology Systems Discipline from fall 1989 to fall 2001.
MA: Computer Resource Management, Webster University,1998
BBA: Computer Information Systems, University of Texas at El Paso, 1988
- Integrating Vocational and Academic Learning Programs (IVALP), Introductory Computing: A Portfolio Approach, U.S. Department of Education Grant, 1996
- Integrating Vocational and Academic Learning Programs (IVALP), Introduction to Computer Programming, U.S. Department of Education Grant, 1997
- Internet Teachers at Every College, Advisory Committee Member/Curriculum Developer/Instructor, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Grant, 1999-2001
- Texas State Leadership Consortium for Professional Development, Carl Perkins Grant, 1998-2001
- Integrating Technical Contexts Into Academic Courses (ITAC), Carl Perkins Grant, 2001
- Texas Instructional Leadership Academy, Advisory Committee, Carl Perkins Grant, 2002-present
- Texas State Leadership Consortium for Professional Development (TSLCPD), Carl Perkins Grant, 2004-2006
- Texas Leadership Alliance (TLA), Carl Perkins Grant, 2004-Present
- National Association of Community College Administrators
- Texas Association of College Technical Educators
- Texas Community College Instructional Administrators
- Texas Council of College Instructional Leaders