Charisma University Announces New Dean for the School of Education

Charisma University is pleased to select Dr. Keyonda Smith as the new Dean for the School of Education.

Dr. Keyonda SmithDr. Keyonda Smith earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, performing a quantitative study titled, “The Relationship between Institutional Culture and Faculty Perceptions of Online Learning in Chiropractic Higher Education,” from Trident University’s College of Education. Additionally, she completed a professional Doctorate in Natural Health from Trinity University, a Master’s in Higher Education and Bachelors of Science in Health Education, from Trident University. Dr. Smith is a member of Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Center for Teaching and Learning senior staff as Director of Online Course Design. At MUIH, she is a leading resource for faculty in developing engaging online courses, demonstrating instructional strategies, implementing the appropriate use of multimedia in online courses, and supporting online learning best practices grounded on evidence-based instructional research.

Additionally, Dr. Smith recently published an exploratory study in a peer-reviewed journal, titled, “ADA and Gamification: Considering Digital Learning Equality”, being recognized by the International Distance Learning Awards as the 2019 Quality Research Award recipient. She has authored and incepted several study designs that underwent peer review, acceptance, and presentation at multiple national and international conferences throughout the United States. Moreover, Dr. Smith actively participates on a variety of advisory boards to include the Maryland Distance Learning Association, Healthcare Associates of America Board of Directors, Quality Matters Instructional Designer Association, Educause Peer Mentor. As one of the few “Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewers,” she has been integral in her participation in Blackboard ‘s Exemplary Course program, and as a Peer Reviewer for the National Wellness Institute. Notably, Dr. Smith was most recently appointed by MUIH’s Vice Provost as Digital Learning’s advocate and expert to ensure evidence-based research literacy within the Center for Teaching and Learning.


The University Deans are administrators who lead their specific, respective academic units, which, in Charisma University, are called “schools.” These include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and School of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences, School of Philosophy & Religion, & School of Health Sciences. Deans of Charisma’s individual schools report to the Chief Academic Officer/Provost. These Deans lead faculty members of their corresponding schools, establish academic policies, evaluate faculty members, and, participate in curriculum design. The Dean serves as the voice of the specific schools at meetings and activities of the Executive Leadership Committee.



About Charisma University

Charisma University, a non-profit institution, Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Education accredited, accredited by the ACBSP and institutional member of the American Council on Education, offers aspiring students and professionals an opportunity to shape their careers and futures. It has always been the University’s goal to provide brilliant minds an education that is worth both their time and money and with the establishment of Charisma University, we believe that this goal has been achieved. The University is also committed to providing online and on-campus education that is flexible, on-demand, innovative, and utilize sound education technologies and techniques. Charisma degrees are structured to allow students the flexibility to schedule their course work around their other responsibilities. The University currently offers over forty-degree programs and three graduate certificates in its six schools: School of Business, School of Education, School of Philosophy and Religion, School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, School of Health Sciences, and School of Law. Charisma University is committed to enhancing the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students. This is accomplished by providing low tuition, a challenging curriculum, a highly qualified faculty, and strong academic support.