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Name: Dr. Diane Smoot
Position: Associate Professor
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
E-mail: SmootD@hssu.edu
Phone: 314-340-3317
Office: 317 HGAB
Degrees Held:
Doctor of Philosophy
Saint Louis University
Master of Science
Fontbonne College
Computer Education
Master of Arts
Washington University
Music Education
Bachelor of Arts
Fontbonne College
Music Education



Dr. Diane M. Smoot graduated from Fontbonne College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. For the next twenty-one years, she taught in the Archdiocese of St. Louis High School System where she taught choral and general music, theology and computers. In 1981, she was awarded a fellowship to Washington University where she earned a Master of Arts in Music Education. In the summer of 1994, she was granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the work of Mozart in Vienna, Austria. In 1996, she earned a Master of Science in Computer Education from Fontbonne College, and thereafter, joined the faculty at Harris-Stowe State College. Subsequently she earned a doctorate in Education at Saint Louis University. In 2003, as Harris-Stowe’s Educator of the Year, she received an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In, 2008 she was awarded the Fontbonne University Distinguished Alumna Award. She currently serves as Assistant Professor in Computer Education at Harris-Stowe State University and is the coordinator for computer instruction in the CED and CSC courses.


CED 104 - Introduction to Computing and Technology;
CSC 223 - Introduction to Visual Basic;
CSC 233 - Introduction to C++ (C#)


Smoot, D. M. (2007). Bridging the digital divide: A qualitative study of two  educators bridging the gap. (Doctoral dissertation, Saint Louis University).

Stephen, M. L., Smoot, D. M. (2000). Technology learning communities: Collaborations to increase technology integration in education. Proceedings of Ed-Media 2000, Montreal, Canada. (CD-ROM).


2011    AAHGS Genealogy Conference - Making Family Connections Online

2010    AAHGS Genealogy Conference - Creating Family Newsletters

2004    Faculty/Staff Spring Institute – Teacher of the Year Address;

2003    Faculty/Staff Spring Institute – Enhancing Student Learning;

2003    Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO – Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Annual French and Spanish Graduate Student Symposium - The Portrait of the Slave in French Missouri;

2003    AACTE in New Orleans, LA – Technology as Instructional Strategy and Collaboration with Teacher Education Faculty and Public School Personnel as an Arts and Science Faculty and PT3 Director (group presentation);

2001    PT3 Annual Grantees Meeting, Washington, DC – Bridging the Digital Divide through Learning Communities (joint presentation);

2001    QEM 2001, Houston, TX – Bridging the Education Digital Divide through Learning Communities – Integrating Teaching and Research;

2001    International SITE Conference, Orlando, FL – Using Technology Camps as Catalysts for Increased Technology Integration (joint presentation);

2000    International EdMedia Conference, Montreal, Canada – Technology Learning Communities: Collaborations to Increase Technology Integration in Education;

1999    Pathways Annual Directors Meeting, Cleveland, OH – Infusing Technology into Teacher Education;

1994    NEH Mozart Seminar in Vienna, Austria – Microsoft Multimedia Mozart


Microsoft Certified Teacher in Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
Missouri Lifetime Teaching Certificate, K-12 Vocal Music


Fontbonne University Distinguished Alumna Award, 2008

College Teacher of the Year Award, 2003

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003

Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003

St. Louis Sentinel “Yes I Can” Award, 2003

Diane Smoot Academic Excellence Award initiated at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School, 1999-Taught there 20 years and the school created the award to honor outstanding alumni

Black Data Processing Associates Service Award, 1999

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Vienna, Austria, Summer 1994

Washington University Fellowship, 1981-1982