Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D.

Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business Administration

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Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D.

Office: Hilton 337 
Phone: 310.338.7504
Fax: 310.338.5187

Areas of Expertise 

  • Leadership and team development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Design thinking and innovation cultures
  • Executive coaching
  • Organizational communication


Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Business Administration at LMU where she oversees all programs and events for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Smith joined LMU on June 1, 2018, from Clarkson University in upstate New York, where she served as dean of the David D. Reh School of Business and tenured professor of consumer and organizational studies, holding the Elmer Gates Endowed Professorship for Innovation Culture. In her last five years at Clarkson, Smith was instrumental in growing a diverse faculty; developing new programs; merging two business schools; fundraising for student start-up funds, two new endowed faculty chairs, and the naming of the school. She successfully led the school through AACSB, ABET, CAHME, and Middle States accreditations. Smith also co-leads the design and development of a boundary-spanning innovation hub and an innovation initiative at Clarkson with the dean of engineering.

She was recently accepted into the international collaborative of deans and directors named to the Globally Responsible Leadership Institute (GRLI) to engage in dialogue and joint initiatives developing leadership and business practices worldwide. Last May, Smith was elected chair of the Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) Affinity Group at the AACSB, comprised of more than 600 business education leaders. She has been active in service learning in an academic environment, receiving numerous awards for her work in curriculum design and leading university-wide service learning curriculum initiatives.

Prior to joining Clarkson in 2013, Smith was on the faculty at USC, Georgetown University, and spent 20 years at the University of San Francisco as professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. While at USF, she served in many roles, including associate dean, department chair, and director of the Business Honors Program. As a Fulbright Scholar, Smith joined an interdisciplinary team of scholars on a multi-year initiative with seven Hong Kong public universities to reform Hong Kong’s General Education Curriculum. She continues to visit Asia as a senior scholar and adviser to Hong Kong Baptist University. Smith has authored over 25 books and numerous articles, primarily on her research on leadership, communication, and organizational behavior. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship, innovation, and the emerging role of B-Corps on a global scale.

Smith earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. in organizational communication at USC and her B.A. in communication studies at the University of Texas, Arlington. Her personal interests include traveling, kayaking, golfing, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and grandchildren.


  • Ph.D.: University of Southern California
  • M.A.: University of Southern California
  • B.A.: University of Texas, Arlington