C. Zoe Smith

Professor Emerita

C. ZOE SMITH took early retirement in 2008 and is now a professor emerita at the Missouri School of Journalism. Having joined the photojournalism faculty at Missouri in 1991, Smith taught courses in the history of photojournalism, the impact photography has on American society, the photo essay and the history of mass media. Smith spent two semesters teaching journalism students through the Missouri London Program, housed at Imperial College in London, England. Her international teaching and travel experiences also have taken her to Serbia, France, Germany, Hungary, Brussels, Bulgaria, Canada and Mexico.

Smith earned the School’s highest teaching award, the O.O. McIntyre Professorship. She was a member of the School’s executive committee, having served as the chairwoman of the editorial department and the photojournalism sequence.

From 1981 to 1991, Smith was on the journalism faculty at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., which included two years as director of graduate studies in the School of Communications. For more than 20 years her research on visual communication and the history of photography has appeared in such publications as Visual Communication Quarterly, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, American Journalism, Journalism History, Journal of American Culture, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Visual Literacy, News Photographer, American National Biography, Dictionary of Literary Biography, History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia and Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism.

Smith has doctorate and master’s degrees in mass communication from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.

As an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Smith was twice elected head of the Visual Communication division. She also spent six years as a member of the AEJMC Teaching Standards Committee and the ACEJMC Accrediting Council. Smith is also a member of the American Journalism Historians Association, the International Visual Literacy Association and the National Press Photographers Association.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Bob Britten and Zoe Smith. “Acquiring Taste: Graham Nash and the Evolution of the Photography Collection.” Visual Communication Quarterly (2010).

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