Patricia Owen-Smith

Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies

Professor of Psychology Patricia Owen-Smith earned an A.B. degree in English and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1969 and 1970 respectively and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Georgia State University in 1985. Prior to coming to Oxford in 1986 she directed a large domestic violence program in the city of Atlanta while also maintaining a private practice in child, adolescent, and family therapy. She established Oxford College's Women's Studies Program and has been an active contributor to Emory University's Women's Studies Program, Emory Women's Center, and numerous women's organizations in the larger community. Dr Owen-Smith also developed and is faculty director of Oxfords Theory Practice-Service Learning Program.

Dr. Owen-Smith's research is in the area of poverty and women, specifically the effect of poverty on the development of adolescent females. Her qualitative analysis of Resiliency in Homeless Women" has earned her several grants and the 1996 Research of the Year Award from the Georgia Psychological Association. She is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards including Emory Universitys most prestigious teaching award, the Williams Award. Additionally she was the recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa and Mizel Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Emory University's Faculty Appreciation Award for Innovative Teaching.

Dr. Owen-Smith was a member of the first delegation of Women's Studies Scholars to Belarus and Russia. In 2001 she was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation's Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She currently directs a Carnegie Foundation national initiative on Cognitive-Affective Learning.


AB| University of Georgia| 1969

MA| University of Georgia| 1970

PhD| Georgia State University| 1986

Courses Taught

Child Development

Psychology of Gender

Theories of Personality


Emory University Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching

Phi Theta Kappa Award for Teaching

Mizel Award for Teaching

Carnegie Scholar 2000-2001


The Contemplative Mind in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Constructing a Social Justice Pedagogy through Contemplative Serive Learning

Reclaiming Interiority as Place,

Knitting Through the Hallelujah


A Contemplative Service-Learning and Social Justice Pedagogy, International Association for Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement, 2016

Integrating Contemplative Practices into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, SoTL Commons, 2015

Service Learning as a Contemplative Practice, Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, 2015

Contemplation in Service Learning, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Research Interests

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education