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J. Wesley Smith II

Title of Program: Education Policy

E-mail Address: jsmit511@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Nashville, TN   

Year: Freshman                         

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021

Description of Program: The Education Policy program is designed to build a foundation of knowledge in education issues through education related classes in sociology, psychology, and other fields. Additionally, the program is designed to teach the analytical skills necessary to make informed policy recommendations and decisions through classes in economics and political science.

Departmental Emphases: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Child and Family Studies, Cultural Studies in Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Kronick

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): After graduation, Wesley plans to gain classroom experience in underprivileged schools through Teach for America or a similar program. Eventually, Wesley wants to earn a Masters Degree in Public Policy (M.P.P.) in Education from a top program. With that experience, he hopes to earn a position at the local, state, or national level that will allow him to influence education policy. In doing so, Wesley hopes to positively impact the education system, specifically for elementary aged students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Other Academic Interests: Honors Leadership Program (Leadership Studies Minor)

Research Experiences or Internships: Asset mapping for state of Tennessee on current opioid crisis.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Baker Ambassador, Baker Center Student Assistant, SGA Government Affairs Committee, Field Representative for TN state house candidate.


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