Dr. Smith earned his B.A. (German) and M.A. (Linguistics) degrees at Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. (Linguistics/Experimental Phonetics) at the University of Texas at Austin. He subsequently worked at the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, and Northwestern University, prior to joining the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah in 2002. He served as Department Chair from 2002 - 2009. From February to June, 2010 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.