Patricia J. Smith Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University
Patricia J. Smith is the dean’s administrator in the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University and A&M College, serving since 2013.
She received her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a doctoral candidate in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.
Her research in mass communication focuses on capital-city newspaper coverage of state economic development policy. In 2014 she completed the Leadership North program on local economic development and tourism.
She previously served as the interim operations manager for the public policy research lab at LSU where she oversaw a team of interviewers gathering health data for the State of Louisiana Health and Human Services Division and the Centers for Disease Control.
Her many awards include a travel grant from the Duke Initiative on Survey Research and the Cotton Memorial Fellowship for outstanding scholarship in the field of communication.
Patricia is a divorcee with one daughter Waverly, a freshman at Zachary High School, who hopes to become a small-animal veterinarian.
Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.