Dr. Amy Smith
Chief Learning Officer
Amy is an academic innovator devoted to increasing access to higher education for all learners. Her career spans many of the biggest institutions in the world of online higher education. She’s held senior leadership positions at University of Phoenix, Capella University, and Colorado State University (CSU) Online, which is ranked #11 in undergraduate education by U.S. News and World Report.
In addition to leading StraighterLine’s academic partnerships team, Amy heads up SL Labs, the research and design arm of the organization. In this role, she and her team focus on researching, designing, and building best-in-class product and service offerings to provide optimal value for StraighterLine’s students and clients.
Before joining StraighterLine, Amy served as the associate provost of CSU Online, where she was responsible for significantly increasing access and educational opportunity to students by offering graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificate programs online. Prior to CSU Online, Amy was dean of the School of Education for Capella University, where she was responsible for innovation and optimization of 38 graduate education programs, including master’s and doctoral degree programs in P–12 education and leadership, adult education, corporate education, higher-education leadership, and instructional design and online learning.
Amy’s professional background also includes time as the curriculum, language, and literacy chair for Concordia University Chicago and academic dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences and College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix. She has held teaching positions at Western Oregon University and Kent State University, in addition to having broad experience in consulting, training, and development. She brings to StraighterLine extensive experience and success in organizational development, change management, human capital management, training, process improvement, and program development.
Amy has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, an M.Ed. in Public Administration and Supervision from National-Louis University, an M.A. in Secondary Education/English Education from the University of Akron, and a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder.