Dr. Kirk Smith is an experienced practitioner-scholar in the field of human resource development. He has over 15 years experience in organizational learning and management consulting including leadership positions in learning and development. He has led close to 200 training programs and facilitated dozens of management teams through complex, strategic decision-making, problem-solving sessions, and project planning sessions.
Dr. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western Carolina University in their MS of Human Resources Program and Principal of W. Kirk Smith & Associates, a management consulting firm. Dr. Smith also serves as a Senior Associate of the ROI Institute where he conducts training, consulting, and is the Administrator of ROI Certification Projects. His consulting experience consists of measurement and evaluation of human resource programs, business and financial literacy, implementing rational thinking processes in organizations, and project management. He is currently developing a 2-day workshop, a certification program, and co-authoring 2 books on predictive analytics for the ROI Institute and Dr. Jac Fitz-enz. Dr. Smith has already published several book chapters and articles on measurement and evaluation, process consulting, and organizational culture. He has also completed ROI impact studies on problem-solving and decision-making, leadership, quality programs, and technical skills.
In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities at Western Carolina University, Kirk serves as an internal leadership consultant for faculty and staff and facilitates book club discussions on topics related to leadership, ethics, and organizational culture. He started in January of 2011 in his current tenure-track position after serving as an adjunct faculty member in the program for the 6 previous years.
Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Georgia Tech, a M.S. in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in Technology Management with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University. Kirk is also a Certified ROI Professional (CRP) with the ROI Institute and Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.