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Linda Smith

Transition Advisor


Linda began working in higher education as a faculty member, teaching developmental reading and first-year studies at institutions in Illinois and Ohio. She also spent several years teaching First-Year Studies and Race & Gender Studies at The University of Alabama. Linda began working at The University of Tennessee in January of 2018, as an Academic Coach in the Student Success Center and joined the FYS team in May of 2019. She enjoys teaching students how to discover and utilize all of the resources available to them both on campus and in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys watching true crime television, spending time with family and reading.


Master of Education in Adult Continuing & Literacy Education
National- Louis University

Bachelor of Art in Human Services
Judson University

Associate of Arts in Human Services
Madison Area Technical College

Professional Service

  • University of Tennessee Inclusive Leadership Academy (UTILA) - Fall 2019 Inaugural Cohort
  • NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • National Organization for Student Success
  • Association for the Coaching and Tutoring Profession


Smith, L., & Weathers, S. (2019).  Study tips and tricks: A practical, no-nonsense way to address student learning.  Building Bridges: Collaborating for a Better Student Experience: University of Tennessee Academic Advising Annual Conference.


Awards and Recognitions

Advance Level Academic Coaching Certification
National Tutoring Association

Online Educator Certification
The University of Alabama

Career Specialist Certification
University of Illinois, Springfield