Portrait of James Smith

James Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Computing, Data & Mathematical Sciences

Ph.D., Capella University
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.S., St. Cloud State University

Contact Information

Riley Hall, R1321
3003 Snelling Ave North
St. Paul, MN 55113


Dr. James L. Smith has worked in various technical and teaching positions. His computer consulting firm includes clients such as Thomson Reuters, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and various smaller technology firms in Minnesota. He has taught at six different colleges and universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he was program director of Information Technology Management.

Dr. Smith’s initial research interests focused on rural municipalities that have adopted broadband Internet as a public utility. His dissertation research took him to Barnesville, Detroit Lakes and Windom, Minnesota. He is one of the authors of the recently released book Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy. He has also written books in Management Information Systems and Database Management for the Open Education Resources (OER) initiative.

Dr. Smith's current research at The National Archives in London, England focuses on the Second World War and the role of the Government Code and Cypher School in conducting British military intelligence.

Dr. Smith served in the U.S. Navy as a cryptography technician. He was on three mission teams to South Africa, including leading a group of UNW students in June 2017 who built a computer lab, constructed playgrounds for orphans and taught Bible studies.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Software Development
  • Data Communications
  • Computer Security
  • Database Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Project Management

Hobbies and Interests

  • Swimming, biking, and reading
  • International travel
  • Writing family memoirs

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