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John Smithgall

Assistant Dean CLA
Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-2440
Office Hours
For appointments, please contact the Office of Student Services at libarts@rit.edu or 585-475-2444.
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Office Mailing Address
College of Liberal Arts 92 Lomb Memorial Drive Roc

John Smithgall

Assistant Dean CLA
Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts
Adjunct Faculty

Education

BA, Roberts Wesleyan College; MS, University of Rochester

Bio

John Smithgall currently serves as the assistant dean of student services in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA).  In his role, he serves as the COLA honors advocate and program director for the liberal arts exploration program.  In addition, he oversees COLA recruitment, academic advising, class scheduling, student events and creating an inclusive and welcoming community experience for students.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Roberts Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of Rochester.  John is an active member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  He’s made multiple presentations at annual meetings on the topics of student success and implementing technical solutions in higher education.

585-475-2440

Currently Teaching

ITDL-101
1 Credits
This seminar is designed to introduce students to the process by which they can make an informed decision in selecting career options and identifying an educational program which will lead to their career goals. With the assistance of facilitators familiar with assessment instruments, careers and the RIT programs, students begin by assessing their interests, values, skills and personal traits. Students will be introduced to online and print resources used for researching occupational information and may be asked to interview faculty and administrators as well as professionals working in fields in which they are interested. Students will complete a variety of activities including class discussions, journal entries, papers and presentations, allowing them the opportunity to reflect on information gathered throughout the course. Students in the university studies and liberal arts exploration programs are required to complete this course successfully in the first term of their program.