Lori Smith

Assistant Professor
MA-Liberal Learning, Marietta College (2007); BS-Journalism, Ohio University (1982)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Media and Society
  • Rock 'n' Roll & American Culture
Courses - Spring
  • Introduction to Advertising
  • Media & Society
  • Mass Media Capstone


As an Assistant Professor Lori has taught several courses, including Introduction to Advertising, Media and Society, Advertising and Public Relation Campaigns, Capstone, Introduction to Public Relations, Advertising Copywriting and Design, The History of Rock and Roll, and Consumer Behavior. She often teaches a Freshman Experience Seminar. She serves as the Internship Coordinator of media studies internships and helps raise funds for WRMT-FM through corporate grants. She is a member of, and the campus advisor, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and have taken students to professional development meetings, national conferences, and regional competitions. She has attended numerous professional development workshops and conferences, including conferences held by the American Advertising Federation and the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. She has presented at workshops for the Marietta SCORE and Small Business Development Center, Methodist University of Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Graduate Program, and Chinese professionals from the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs. For the past three years, her Campaigns class has placed as national semi-finalists in the Collegiate Effie competition. She has also received the Alpha Sigma Delta Academic Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Prior to working in education, Lori Klinger Smith served as Advertising Director of The Marietta Times and had been in the newspaper business for over 15 years. She held a number of advertising positions with the Gannett Company, including sales, sales management and commercial printing consulting. She won the President's Certificate of Achievement, which is awarded annually to the top 10 Gannett advertising managers and she attended a number of sales and marketing training conferences. During this time, Lori also served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Marietta College. 

Lori has been active in the community through United Way, Rotary, Telesis, and has volunteered at the Daily Bread Kitchen and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel races. 

Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors walking, running, hiking, or kayaking. She is married to Art Smith, who is an adjunct for Marietta College, and they are the parents of two daughters.