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Michael Smith

Associate Professor of Media Production
Communication Division, Seaver College
CCB 115


  • EdD, Educational Leadership, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
  • MFA, Cinema-TV Production, University of Southern California
  • BA, English Literature, Wheaton College (IL)


  • Producer, Ship in a Bottle, Fool's Errand Entertainment, Los Angeles, 2009-2010, 2009
  • Producer, City of the Angels Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2005
  • Associate Producer, the Malt Project, Oswald Communications, 2002-2004, 2002
  • Director of Photography, The Season - Arizona Football, ESPN, 2001
  • Smith, M. C. (August, 2014). Teaching the visual nature of narrative. Presentation at the University Film and Video Association Conference, Bozeman, MT., 2014
  • Smith, M. C. (June, 2014). Fulbright scholar alumni panel. Fulbright Scholar Pre-Departure Orientation, Washington, DC., 2014
  • Smith, M. C. (October, 2013). A proposal for collaborative assessment of CCCU cinematic arts programs. Presentation at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center Cinema Studies Conference., 2013
  • Smith, M. C. (June, 2013). Cinematic design. Workshop presented at the 19th Franco Arab Film Festival. Institut Francais de Jordanie. Amman, Jordan., 2013
  • Smith, M. C. (2011). Screening of Ship in a Bottle, LA Shorts Fest, Los Angeles, CA., 2011
  • Smith, M. C. (2011, January). Race, rates, and religion: The relationship between Black graduation rates and evangelical religious affiliation at private colleges and universities. Presentation at the 35th Annual CCCU President's Conference, Washington DC., 2011
  • Smith, M. C. (2010, March). The mentor and the hero: Teaching story through production. Presentation at the CCCU Cinema Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA., 2010
  • Smith, M. C. (2006, October). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Panelist for discussion of the film at the City of the Angels Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA., 2006
  • Faculty Fellow, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2013
  • Fulbright Scholar, Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts, Jordan (2012-2013), 2012
  • Award of Excellence, Ship in a Bottle, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, 2011
  • Peter Glenville Foundation Grant for Ship in a Bottle, 2009
  • Member, University Film and Video Association


  • Cinematic Arts Production
  • Cinematic Design/Visual Storytelling
  • Curriculum Development
  • International Education and Exchange