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Hollie Smith, Ed.D.
Interim Dean of Student Affairs

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie

What drew you to the higher education world?

I am confident it was my undergraduate journey that brought me to higher education, as it was a transformative experience. I was able to learn about myself, enhance my perspectives and better understand my ability to make an impact. As I got more involved in and out of the classroom, through research with my professors or as a student leader in the campus community, I was more aware of the compassion it takes from administrators to encourage students to be lifelong learners. I knew then that this was my path. 

What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA (so far)?

I enjoy the opportunity I have to work with all students in various capacities. I am sometimes called upon to help advocate for them and their passions, while at other times I am advising a group on how to best engage their peers. As an alumna of the institution, I am excited to see my fellow Lumberjacks care for the university as I do. I try each day to remember that I can be part of their learning and help them remember their time at the university as a time of self-discovery. 

What do you hope students gain from SFA?

Embrace every opportunity, and have a transformative experience! Do not leave SFA and think “I wish I would have taken advantage of this or that opportunity.” Whether the experience is studying abroad, research with a professor, on-campus employment, joining a student organization, becoming an officer, participating in service learning, completing an internship, attending fine arts and athletics events, or one of the many more campus offerings, take advantage of it! Students who connect with SFA and engage with our campus programs and services will have a life-changing experience! 

What are you passionate about outside your role at SFA?

Whether it is throwing up my axe, or taking my family to SFA programs and athletic events, it seems hard to imagine doing anything else with my outside time. Students never stop; therefore, I rarely stop. You will find me and my husband, Ted, involved in the Nacogdoches community and cheering on our children, Austin and Averie, at their sporting events and school activities. 

Academic Experience

  • Interim Dean of Student Affairs
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2018 – present)
  • Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Programs
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2011 – 2018)
  • Counseling Graduate Adjunct Faculty Member
    Stephen F. Austin State University (August 2012 – present)
  • Director of Orientation
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2009 – 2011)
  • Assistant Director of Orientation
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2007 –2009)
  • Coordinator of Orientation
    Stephen F. Austin State University (2005 –2007)
  • Psychology Adjunct Faculty Member
    Stephen F. Austin State University (August 2005 – present)


  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, Texas A&M University-Commerce (2012)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University (2002)

Awards / Achievements

  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Student Affairs Law and Policy Certification (2018)
  • SFA Spirited Faculty Award (2015)
  • Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention (NODA) Board Member (2013-2015)
  • Outstanding Young SFA Alumna Award Recipient 2012
  • The Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators Dissertation of the Year Award Recipient 2012
  • University Professional Women - Woman of the Year Award Recipient 2012
  • Student Activities Association- President’s Award Recipient 2012
  • Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA) Region IV Outstanding Advisor of the Year 2011
  • Orientation Programs Service Award Recipient 2011
  • Online Instructor Certification - SFA Office of Instructional Technology (May 2008)


Hollie Smith, Ed.D.
Interim Dean of Student Affairs

P.O. Box 13021, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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