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Dr. Jana Meyers-Smith

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Program Coordinator of Health and Physical Education

Urban Studies & Public Policy


Bachelor's Degree: Health and Physical Education, Southern University at New Orleans

Master's Degree: Sports Administration, Grambling State University

PhD: Urban Higher Education, Jackson State University 

Phone: (504) 816-4430


Office: DUICEF 242



Dr. Jana M. Smith serves as the Faculty Senator with the Faculty Senate at Dillard University. She is on the committees: Faculty Handbook, Faculty Trustee Liaison (Chairperson), Faculty Trustee Committee (Chairperson), Chairperson of the School of Social Sciences Curriculum and Lyceum, and has served on the Intercollegiate Athletics (Chairperson) and Recruitment and Retention Committees. In addition, she has served on the President’s Mini Grant Committee and as the Dillard faculty representative for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Dr. Smith presented at the Inaugural Research Symposium sponsored by The Center for Teaching Learning and Academic Technology and the Office of Academic Affairs in Spring 2015. Her work was entitled: Comparative Study on Wellness between Traditional and Non Traditional Students. 


Dr. Smith has developed curriculum guidelines for advising students in Early Childhood Elementary Education, Physical Education Department and Urban Executive Sport Administration and Management. She has served as the Director of Health and Wellness Workshops and developed courses for the Deep South Environmental Justice Center housed at Dillard University. In her professional career as a choreographer and dancer, Dr. Smith danced as a former New Orleans Cheerleader and with the San Jacinto Dance Theater of New Orleans. Her community involvement in dance recently centered on the development of routines that honor victims of sexual assault and violence at the Take Back the Night Rally and March held in consortium with Loyola and Tulane Universities 2015 and 2016.  Dr. Smith has also performed at the Greater New Orleans Association of Black Psychologists Conference. 


Dr. Smith is an award winning director and choreographer of the Dillard University Diamonds Dance Team. Her students have won two national dance competitions with perfect scores as well as national spotlights in television commercials for the Pan American Life Insurance Company’s Super bowl advertisements. Along with her teaching duties, she has partnered with Dillard University’s Theater Department to choreograph three major productions: Ain’t Misbehaving, Raisin In the Sun and Dream Girls.



Main Office: (504)816-4701, DUICEF 251


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