Augustana Research Institute Director
Suzanne Smith is the director of the Augustana Research Institute.
Smith is passionate about combining rigorous, scientific data analysis with local community knowledge to yield actionable insights that inform decision-making.
A Sioux Falls native, Smith received her graduate degree in sociology at the University of Chicago. She has previously led research and evaluation design for education nonprofits in Chicago and New York, where she examined how game-based literacy courseware and afterschool programming affect learning.
She has extensive experience in qualitative study design, including focus groups, in-depth interviewing, and ethnographic observation, and she has been recognized for her innovative mixed-methods research incorporating statistical analysis and GIS.
Director, Augustana Research Institute