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Faculty & Staff Directory

Jo Smith

Jo Ann Smith

, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Research Administration Program Director
Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

Professional Links

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  • National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
  • Society of Research Administrators International (SRA)
  • National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership (faculty representative)

    • Biography
    • Research
    • Courses


    Jo Ann Smith, Ph.D., CRA, is the Program Director of the Master of Research Administration in the School of Public Administration. She has over 25 years' experience in research grant and contract administration. Dr. Smith has consulted on multiple grant proposals and programs with universities, hospitals, federal, state, local, and nonprofit agencies that have collectively resulted in over $100 million in external funding. For six years she directed a research center whose funding grew from $4 million to approximately $20 million in research expenditures annually. She has served on the boards of a variety of community organizations and has presented at multiple international and national professional conferences.  Through the College of Graduate Studies, she provides instruction for the responsible conduct of research to UCF graduates students and recently developed and implemented a workshop series for a Graduate Certificate in Grantsmanship offered to all UCF graduate students. She teaches and has taught several graduate courses that include: an overview of research administration, organizational models & leadership, financial management, grant and contract management, strategic planning, public program evaluation techniques, and research design courses.

    Dr. Smith has extensive experience in fostering collaborative relationships with faculty, administrators, and other community organizations to lead and stimulate the development of research and human service programs from conceptualization to implementation and encourages existing collaborations in new directions. Dr. Smith has designed and directed evaluation projects in a variety of fields including online education, sustainability programs, children's health programs and the assessment of intervention outcomes. She was also selected as a Fellow to participate in a 3-week intensive NSF funded evaluation training institute at the University of Western Michigan's Evaluation Center that was designed to enhance evaluation capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education communities. Dr. Smith delivers training workshops in the areas of program evaluation, grant writing, resesarch administration, instructional/curriculum design, and project administration. She is currently serving on the UCF Center for Public & Nonprofit Management (CPNM) Advisory Committee and most resently served on the National Council of University Research Administrators Evaluation Committee.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of Central Florida
  • Research

    • Research Integrity
    • Public and Nonprofit Research Organizations and Leadership
    • Research Development and Administration
    • Program Evaluation and Assessment
    • Science and Technology Policy
    • Online Professional Development and Learning

    Research Interests

    • performance evaluation
    • research administration
    • program evaluation
    • research integrity/responsible conduct of research
    • instructional design for online professional development


    • PAD 6742: Introduction to Research Administration
    • PAD 6743: Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration
    • PAD 6744: Financial Management in Research Administration
    • PAD 5850: Grant and Contract Management
    • PAD 6335: Strategic Planning and Management
    • PAD 6327: Public Program Evaluation Techniques

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    — Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
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    My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
    — Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
    The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
    — Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
    The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
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    As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
    — April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
    It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
    — Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
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    The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
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