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David J. Smith


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David is a consultant for Street Law’s community college program.

He is a recognized authority on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and global education. David focuses primarily on supporting community colleges in developing programs, initiatives, and student-centered activities that promote global learning. From 2005-2012 he was at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC where he worked with nearly 150 colleges and universities in promoting peacebuilding education through the development of faculty professional development programs and student focused experiential learning activities.

David currently teaches at George Mason University in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is on the faculty of the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education at Indian River State College. In addition he has taught at Georgetown University, Towson University, and Goucher College. From 1992-2005 he was tenured faculty at Harford Community College in Maryland. During 2003-2004 he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Estonia, one of only a handful of scholars from community colleges.

Smith is the editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press 2013). The book is a collection of experiences from 23 community college faculty and experts on teaching peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He is also the author of Legal Research and Writing (Delmar/Cengage Learning 1996) and has published on global issues in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College TimesCommunity College Journal, the Journal of Peace Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and the International Herald Tribune. Smith currently serves as chair of the Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission. 

He is a graduate of American University (BA, political science and urban affairs), George Mason University (MS, conflict analysis and resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD).

He can be reached through his website—where he writes a blog on community colleges and peacebuilding. 


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