Dr. Dwyane Smith is a native of St. Louis, MO, and a product of the St. Louis Public School system. Dr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, with emphasis areas in Multicultural Education and Black Studies. He also completed the Management Development program at Harvard University.
Dr. Smith has conducted research across the U.S. and abroad on issues of access, diversity, multiculturalism and pluralism, and he coauthored the article “A Portrait of Remedial Instruction: Faculty Workload and Assessment Techniques,” that appeared in the spring 2008 edition of the Higher Education Journal. He has facilitated workshops on diversity and multiculturalism in various schools and colleges in Great Britain.
The Chair Academy honored Dr. Smith as a 2010 Exemplary Leader at the organization’s 19th Annual International Conference. The Missouri College Personnel Association (MOCPA) also recognized Dr. Smith with the 2009 Dr. Richard Caple Award.
Dr. Smith joined the Harris-Stowe family prior to the start of the 2006-2007 academic year. “I have long admired the impact that HSSU has had on the state,” said Dr. Smith. “While working at other institutions, I would often encourage students to attend HSSU. I also feel that my talents and skills set would be useful at HSSU. I believe in the leadership of Dr. Dwaun Warmack and the vision he has for transforming lives; I do believe that we have some of the best faculty not only in the metropolitan area, but the state.”
LaTonia Collins Smith, Ed.D
Associate Provost & Executive Director of the Center of Career Engagement
Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith began her career in higher education at Harris-Stowe State University in 2010. Her accomplishments include grant writing and management, recruitment and retention for STEM program participants and most recently the rebranding of the university’s career services and academic advising departments.
Collins Smith earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Central Missouri, a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health degree from Saint Louis University and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University of St. Louis.
“My passion is to inspire and motivate students through degree completion and ultimately career placement”, says Dr. Collins Smith. “My favorite part about serving as a leader at HSSU is that it allows me to make contributions to help cultivate a student-centered, student-driven, and student-focused collaborative learning community.
Assistant Provost & Director of Graduate and Professional Studies
Dr. DeCarlo is a native of Detroit Michigan. He received his B.A. in psychology and MSW in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University. He earned an M.A. in Experimental Psychology and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from The University of Toledo.
Dr. DeCarlo began his academic career as an adjunct graduate professor of Social Work at Wayne State University’s Graduate School of Social Work. He later held appointments as Assistant Professor and tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Chicago State University. Dr. DeCarlo was the Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Benedictine University, Springfield, Illinois. Prior to joining Harris-Stowe State University, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Education at Elizabeth City State University. Dr. DeCarlo is a Fulbright Scholar, professor, author, and international social justice advocate for infant and early child development issues.
Alonzo DeCarlo’s has multiple lines of research primarily examining maladaptive aggressive behavior and innovative group psychotherapy intervention methods for children and adolescents. His pioneering methods of using music in group psychotherapy for adolescent offenders engaged in lethal violence is perennially cited.
Dr. Alonzo DeCarlo came to Harris-Stowe State University in 2017 and joined the Academic Affairs team as the Assistant Provost and Director of Graduate and Professional Programs. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” I am pleased to be a part of that effort at Harris-Stowe State University.