Areas of special interest: intellectual history of early Christianity, Christian Platonism, St. Augustine, Origen of Alexandria, comparative religion.
Dr. Smith came to UNC in 2006, and serves as Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of the University College. For 18 years he was a member of the faculty at Loyola University New Orleans, where in addition to teaching he chaired the Religious Studies department (1995-98), was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2000-05), and interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost (2005-06).
He has taught undergraduate courses on early Christian thought, heresy, world religions, and ancient Greek, as well as graduate seminars on St. Augustine and Origen of Alexandria. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.