Clayton Smith

Associate faculty

Education & Technology

Clayton Smith is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor in the Faculty of Education. Smith's research interests include Strategic Enrolment Management, internationalization of higher education, promising practices for teaching international students, student success of special student populations, and mentoring in higher education He spent 35 years engaged in higher education administration at four post-secondary education institutions in Canada and the U.S. Over the course of his career, Smith has amassed significant knowledge and expertise in the areas of enrolment management, internationalization of higher education, and student success.


Clayton Smith worked in a variety of roles during his time at the University of Windsor, including associate professor, vice-provost (student affairs and dean of students), vice-provost (students and international) and vice-provost (students and registrar).

Smith also worked at the State University of New York College of Agriculture & Technology at Cobleskill as the director of admissions and enrollment management. 

Prior to that, Smith worked at Tallahassee Community College as the assistant director of enrollment services, as well as the University of Maine at Augusta as the director of admissions and records, director of admissions and assistant director of admissions. 


Certificate of Online and Open Learning

University of Windsor

University Teaching Certificate

University of Windsor

Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Florida State University

Master of Public Administration

University of Maine

Master of Arts in Political Science

Drew University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Drew University


Smith, C. (2021).  The impact of cultural adjustment on international student recruitment and first-year success.  In B. Shneikat (Ed.). Global perspectives on recruiting international students: Challenges and opportunities (pp. 213-217).  Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1108/978-1-83982-518-72-211-14

Smith, C. & Harris, L. (2021).  Faculty involvement in strategic enrollment management at North American postsecondary educational institutions.  Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 8(4), 23-32.

Smith, C., Hyde, J., Falkner, T., & Kerlin, C. (2020).  The role of organizational change management in successful strategic enrollment management implementation.  Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 8(2), 31-40.

Smith, C., Babich, C., & Lubrick, M. (2020).  Leadership and management in learning organizations. Toronto, ON: eCampusOntario.

Smith, C. (2020).  International students and their academic experiences: Student satisfaction, student success challenges, and promising teaching practices.  In U. Galuee, S. Sharma, & K. Bista (Eds.), Rethinking education across borders: Emerging issues and critical insight son globally mobile students (pp. 271-287).  Singapore: Springer.

Smith, C., Improving the Human Condition through Mentoring, Mentorship in Higher Education: Practical Advice and Leadership Theories (Zimar, H., and J. Montgomery, Eds.), 113-120,  Washington, DC: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, 2017.

Smith, C., Promoting International Student Success, The AACRAO International Guide: A Resource for International Education Professionals, 103-116, Washington, DC: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 2016.

Smith, C., International Student Success, Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 4(2), 61-73, 2016.

Smith, C., B. Whiteside, S. Blanchard, and C. Martin, International Student Support Services at Ontario Universities, Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 1(1), 55-66, 2013.

Smith, C., The Greatest Gift of All, Leadership Lessons: Vision and Values for a New Generation (Lonabocker, L, and H. Zimar, Eds.), 131-35, Washington, DC: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 2013.

Smith, C., and S. Gottheil (Eds.), SEM in Canada: Promoting Student and Institutional Success in Canadian Colleges and Universities, Washington DC: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 2011.

Smith, C., and S. Gottheil, Increasing Accessibility: Lessons Learned in Retaining Special Population Students in Canada.  College and University, 86(4), 47-52, 2011.

Smith, C., and S. Gottheil, Enrollment or Enrolment: Strategic Enrollment Management in the United States and Canada, College and University, 84(2), 28-38, 2008.

Wright A., M. Frenay, M. Monette, B. Tomen, L. Sauve, C. Smith, N. Gold, D. Houston, J. Robinson, N. Rowen, F. Anderson, K. Lewis, B. Pipitone, G. Salinitri, and B. Hamilton, Institutional Strategy and Practice: Increasing the Odds of Access and Success at the Post-Secondary Level for Under-Represented Students, Montreal: Canada Millennium Foundation, 2008.

Smith, C., Finding the Academic Context: Involving Faculty in Strategic Enrollment Management.  College and University, 82(3), 39-40, 2007.

Smith, C., L. Barrett, D. Gerlach, D. Goodrich, and P. Rose, Joint Marketing and Student Recruitment: The State University of New York University Colleges of Technology Experience, College and University, 78(3), 9-13, 2003.

Smith, C., Mid-Admission Cycle Telecounseling: Expanding the Applicant Pool after the Fall Travel Season, Journal of College Admission, 174, 21-26, 2002.

Smith, C., The Relationship between Institutional Enrollment Performance and Enrollment Management Effectiveness Factors, Journal of College Student Retention, 2(4), 367-77, 2001.

Smith, C., The Perceptions of College and University Enrollment Managers on the Relationship between Institutional Enrollment Performance and Enrollment Management Effectiveness, College and University, 76(1), 15-19, 2000.