Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Al Smith

Meet Dr. Al Smith

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Psychology (Southwestern Baptist Seminary)
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy (Southwestern Baptist Seminary)
  • B.A., Psychology (Baylor University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Al Smith has served as the director of psychology programs for CCU since 2019. His background includes working in the area of counseling and psychology as the director of two large church counseling centers, as well as supervising and training counseling students and interns. Dr. Smith helps to oversee the undergraduate psychology degree programs for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, as well as helping to develop the new master's degree in psychology that launched in 2023.

Faith and Learning

Dr. Smith believes that God calls us to the highest standards in every area of life, and that includes the level of commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. He seeks to have students make application of psychological theories and principles to their own lives and their own faith to encourage the integration of faith and knowledge in every possible area. He believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping a student find the joy of seeing their relationship with God applied to further knowledge in a particular area of life and come to a greater understanding of God's plan for the world.