Joel M. Smith

  • Carnegie Mellon University

Joel Smith is a Distinguished Career Professor of philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His area of specialization is philosophy of science. From 2002 through 2012, Smith served as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer of Carnegie Mellon University. He also directed Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Technology for Education from 2000 through 2012. Smith has taught philosophy and directed academic and administrative computing at a number of institutions of higher education including Indiana University, Allegheny College, the Claremont Graduate University, and MiraCosta College. He has been involved in technology enhanced learning projects since 1990. He was the co-principle investigator of major parts of the Open Learning Initiative, a project at Carnegie Mellon to develop demonstrably effective online courses through the application of design principles and practices from cognitive science. Smith is currently the co-principal investigator of a research project on barriers and affordances to implementation of instructional innovations titled “Understanding and Overcoming Institutional Roadblocks to the Adoption and Use of Technology-Enhanced Learning Resources in Higher Education.” This project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Smith holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.