HBCU Entrepreneurship Education Institute

Dr. Joy Smith

Dean of the School of Education and Business at Elizabeth City State University

Joy Turnheim Smith earned an A. B. in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, an M.B.A from DePaul University’s Kellstadt School of Business, an M.P.M from Western Carolina University, and an M. Phil. and a Ph.D. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She currently serves as Dean of the School of Education and Business, having previously served as the chair of the Department of Business and Economics (now the Department of Business, Accounting and Sport Management). Before coming to ECSU, she taught at Chicago’s Columbia College, at New York University and at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, during which time she was named an alternate for a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.

She has a strong interest in entrepreneurship and business development and success. Her publications have delved into a variety of areas relevant to business success including psychological contracting, supply chain management, and small business entrepreneurship. She serves on the Executive Committee of the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable, and as Chair of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission. She also serves as chair for AACSB’s Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) and Small School affinity groups and has served as President of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth City twice and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church of Elizabeth City. She is a member of the Delta Mu Delta honor society (where she was a former Medallion Award Winner), and of Beta Gamma Sigma. As Dean, she has led the establishment of ECSU’s Viking Entrepreneurship Week, expansion of Entrepreneurship@ECSU to include a prototyping lab, a social media marketing lab and a production lab. She has served on several AACSB accreditation Peer Review Teams and as a SACSCOC Peer Reviewer. She also serves as a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters reviews.