Janet Smith

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science


Throughout the past 25 years, Janet has been able to educate, guide, and encourage learners to develop and implement healthy, active lifestyles. She believes in creating individualized and adaptive programs that enable success for all participants. Janet has a specific interest in creating developmentally appropriate and challenging activities for youth programs. She is seeking opportunities to influence community leaders to challenge philosophies in order to provide youth skill development for long term involvement.

Janet encourages and facilitates leadership, confidence, and effective communication for individuals seeking the profession of teaching and coaching. She strives to have more enthusiasm for others than they have for themselves, igniting self-confidence and perseverance. Through advising and mentoring, Janet focuses on guiding students to pursue their passion while challenging their skill set and training necessary for success. Her greatest joys are found in watching others realize their potential and attain goals.

Janet is blessed to have a variety of roles including teacher, coach, wife, mom, and friend. She has coached volleyball, cross country and track and field at various secondary programs. Janet attributes her adventure and work ethic to skills learned on her childhood farm. She lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and two sons. 

Areas of Interest

  • Pedagogy
  • Motor Development
  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • Human Performance and Assessment


  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year – American Alliance of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance – 2004 
  • Boys Track Coach of the Year – Evening Star -2002
Janet Smith