Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office of the Provost

Welcome to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs website.

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Howard W Smith is Pittsburg State University's chief academic officer. In this role, he is responsible for the administration, strategic planning, development and review processes for the university's academic mission.  Dr. Smith's leadership more specifically includes oversight of colleges, academic support units and faculty.  A professor of leadership, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including online, hybrid and face-to-face delivery models.  Prior to his university experience,  he taught and administered in K-12 school systems at the elementary, middle, high school and district wide levels.

At Pittsburg State University, he is the convener and chair of the Provost Leadership Council and the Strategic Planning Council, two university councils that lead and work with both academic and academic-support units to align strategies with resources.

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Past positions at PSU include Associate Professor and Professor of Leadership Studies, Interim Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Chair of the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies, Executive Director of the PSU-Kansas City Metro Outreach Center, Assistant to the President and Legislative Liaison, and Dean of the College of Education. Prior to that, Dr. Smith’s experiences include having served as the Interim Superintendent of Pittsburg Community Schools, Chair and Associate Professor at Emporia State University, Superintendent of Schools in Bentonville, Arkansas, Executive Director in Amarillo Independent School District, Amarillo, Texas, an administrator in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas, a school principal in Coffeyville, Kansas, and a teacher at Shawnee Mission schools.

Dr. Smith earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State College at Pittsburg, his master's degree and an administrative certificate from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

Primary Oversight Responsibilities

Provost Smith is responsible for the academic progress and reputation of Pittsburg State University.  He discharges much of that responsibility through his oversight of units that report directly or indirectly to him, including those listed below.  For the full listing, please refer to the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs organizational chart (PDF).


Reporting Units

College of Arts & Sciences

Kelce College of Business

College of Education

College of Technology

Library Services

Graduate and Continuing Studies

Enrollment Management and Student Success

Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Office of Institutional Effectiveness



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Tenure, Promotion and Sabbatical Guidelines


Promotion Guidelines - Please refer to the PSU/KNEA contract

Promotion Checklist and Sample Dossier

Promotion Deadlines

This process is now done in Activity Insight


Sabbatical/LWOP Guidelines - Please refer to the PSU/KNEA contract

Request form for Sabbatical/Planned LWOP

Sabbatical/Planned LWOP Deadlines


Tenure Guidelines - Please refer to the PSU/KNEA contract

Tenure Checklist and Sample Dossier

Tenure Deadlines

This process is now done in Activity Insight

Provost Office Staff

Trish Peak
Trish Peak
Executive Associate Senior-Provost

Phone: (620) 235-4113

Contact Trish Peak

Dr. H W Smith
Dr. H W Smith
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Phone: (620) 235-4006

Contact Dr. H W Smith