|Dr. Mark Smith at present is teaching courses on international development assistance with an emphasis on sustainable development and environmental concerns at the College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA. Dr. Smith completed his B.S. in biology from the Kent University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology and botany from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Smith has held numerous high level positions in both public and private sector, such as: 1)Vice President of the Crop Quality Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chief Scientist, National Capital Parks, National Park Service, Washington DC, and 3) Project Director, National Program Planning Staff, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington DC. A major part of his career has been spent with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He served long term assignments for USAID in Liberia (1983-1985), India (1985-1989), Jamaica (1989-1993), Senegal (1993-1995), Washington DC (1995-2001) and Ukraine (2001-2003). He did short term assignments for USAID in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the former Soviet Union covering over 40 countries. He also served as Deputy Director for CNFA (a Washington DC based NGO) in Moldova (2004-2005).
As a Fulbright – Nehru visiting lecturer Dr. Smith will teach two courses on international development assistance. The first course will focus on major development issues (e.g., economic growth, poverty, agriculture, climate change, global health, sustainable development, trafficking in women and children, microfinance). The second course will focus on how important international development organizations (UN, World Bank, USAID, NGOs) work to address these issues. The courses can also be combined into one course. In both the courses, the emphasize would be on the development issues and institutions that are important to India.