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Emery Smith

Associate Professor, Social Science

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  • 1140 Umpqua College Rd
    Roseburg, OR 97470
    Jackson Hall Room 4


  • 541-440-7826


I hold PhD and MS degrees in sociology from the University of Oregon and a BA in sociology from Eastern Washington University. Though my credentials warrant the use of the honorific "Dr. Smith," I prefer to be called Emery.

I have taught at UO, the University of Montana at Missoula, Big Bend Community College in Washington, and have been here at UCC since 2007. Before attending college in my thirties I worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic, a garbage man, a carpenter, and other jobs too numerous to mention. Previous to teaching at Big Bend I was a senior partner at Northwest Survey & Data Services, and have served as a research director at the Oregon Survey Research Laboratory on the UO campus and as a research associate at the Oregon Social Learning Center. I have extensive research experience, which I currently use to do research on student persistance and success, but I have returned to academia because I love to teach.

I teach many courses in sociology as well as statistics, human development, and anthropology. I currently teach Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Psychology; Contemporary American Family; Race, Class, and Ethnicity; and Social Problems. In the near future 

I grew up in Montana and have lived in Wyoming, California and Washington. I am a veteran of the US Navy, having served as aircrew in a patrol squadron during the Viet Nam War. I have two children, a son in Portland OR and a daughter who is a family physician in Springfield OR. I am married and have two step daughters, both living in Oregon, as well as three grandsons age 1,7, and 11, and a 2 year old granddaughter who are currently the center of my universe. I play guitar, read, ride my bicycle, play disk golf, and of course I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren. LIfe is good.