Dr. Heather Smith

Dr. Heather Smith
Professor, Department of International Studies
On Leave (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020)
PhD & MA (Queen's)
BA (Alberta)

Email:  heather.smith@unbc.ca

Heather A. Smith is a Professor of International Studies. She is currently on leave until July of 2020. During her leave she’ll be a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She is a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Fellow as well as a Research Fellow at the Dalhousie Centre for Security and Development.  She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), and a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award. Actively engaged in the promotion of the scholarship of teaching and learning, she is the Regional Vice-President Canada for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Past professional and administrative activities include: Director, UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2012-2018), Co-Section Head for Canadian Political Science Association Teaching Workshop and Teaching and Learning Politics Section, (2011 and 2017), Chair, Canadian Political Science Association Board of Directors subcommittee on developing a teaching award (2009) and Chair, International Studies Association Canada Professional Development Committee, (2009-2012). Among her most recent publications are: Heather A. Smith and David R. Black, (2014) “Back to the Tickle Trunk: Assessing Theorization in Canadian Foreign Policy” International Journal, 69, 2; with Jeremie Cornut, (2016) “The Status of Women in Canadian Foreign Policy” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy,  37, 2; with Tracy Summerville, (2017) “Four Conversations We Need To Have About Teaching and Learning in Canadian Political Science”, forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Political Science and “Not High On Our Radar? Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada” in Rebecca Tiessen and Stephen Baranyi (eds), Obligations and Omissions: Canada’s Ambiguous Actions on Gender Equality in the South, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

Courses Taught:

INTS 302 - Canadian Foreign Policy
INTS 308 - Gender and International Studies
INTS 377 - Redefining Security
INTS 490 - International Studies Capstone
INTS 701 - State of the Discipline

Research Interests:
  • Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Critical and feminist pedagogies
  • Gender adn Canadian Foreign policy
  • Decolonizing Canadian Foreign Policy