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Pamela Gunter-Smith

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physiologist
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1951
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physiologist
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
12/2/1951
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Provost and academic vice president Pamela J. Gunter-Smith earned her B.S. degree in biology from Spelman College in 1973 and her Ph.D. degree in physiology from Emory University in 1978. She conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Gunter-Smith has also participated in notable professional development opportunities, such as the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Development Program and the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship at the University of Miami.

In 1981, Gunter-Smith began working as a project manager and research physiologist at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) where she supervised three independent laboratories and oversaw an independent research program to assess and mitigate the effects of radiation on intestinal physiology. From 1982 to 1992, Gunter-Smith held faculty appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and George Washington University. In 1992, Gunter-Smith was appointed as chair of the biology department and associate provost for science and mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. During her tenure, she directed the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biomedical Program, improved the curriculum in the natural sciences, facilitated the development of grants for the natural and social sciences, and was instrumental in providing a number of opportunities for the faculty and students. While at Spelman, she played a major role in fund-raising and developing institutional grants from private foundations and federal agencies. In 2006, she joined Drew University as its first provost and academic vice president. As the chief academic officer, she helped to develop and implement a new vision statement to strengthen the natural science departments. Gunter-Smith has been instrumental in developing a successful strategic plan, which resulted in a twenty-five percent increase in undergraduate enrollment.

For her efforts and research at the AFRRI, Gunter-Smith received the Director’s Award for Distinguished Service in 1992. In 2001, she received the Spelman Presidential Faculty Award for Scholarly Achievement. She received the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Award in Health and Science in 2005.

Pamela J. Gunter-Smith was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 11, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her mother's family background - part 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her mother's family background - part 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her father's family business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her father's education and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her parents and how they met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about growing up as an only child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about growing up around a funeral home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her childhood neighborhoods
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about growing up obscured from the typical racial tensions of the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her favorite musicians growing up, and her high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about accomplished African Americans in Nashville during her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her involvement in the church while growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her decision to become a scientist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her decision to attend Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Pamela Gunter-Smith recalls the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her experience at Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her science instruction at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her favorite musicians and social activities in college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her experience at the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her decision to attend Emory University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her studies at Emory University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her Ph.D. dissertation, titled 'The Effect of Theophylline on Amphiuma Small Intestine'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her experience at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her experience at the University of Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her decision to join the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her career at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her professional activities and awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her transition into academic administration at Spelman College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her work at Spelman College - part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her work at Spelman College - part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about funding challenges for historically black colleges in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about balancing her professional activities and research with her personal life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her work at the University of Miami
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her connections to Donna Shalala, Johnnetta Cole and Audrey Manley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her role as provost of Drew University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her decision to leave Spelman College to join Drew University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her professional accomplishments at Drew University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about the challenges of being a woman in the work-force and her future career aspirations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her goals for Drew University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about the history of Drew University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Pamela Gunter-Smith reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Pamela Gunter-Smith shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Pamela Gunter-Smith talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Pamela Gunter-Smith describes her photographs