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
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.
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.
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.
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
Alonzo DeCarlo, Ph.D., M.S.W.
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.Christopher C. Taylor
Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Provost