Jeffrey K.  Smith

Jeffrey K. Smith

Jeffrey K. Smith is Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Prior to coming to Otago, he was Professor and Chair of the Educational Psychology Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From 1988 through 2005, he also served as Head of the Office of Research and Evaluation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studies issues in learning in cultural institutions, educational assessment, and the psychology of aesthetics. He has written or edited seven books and over 70 articles and reviews on these subjects.

He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the founding Co-Editor of the journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. In 2011 he was awarded the Rudolph Arnheim Award for Outstanding Career Contributions to the Psychology of the Arts by Division 10 of the American Psychological Association. Jeffrey consults with museums interested in developing research projects. He can be reached at