Dr Mark F. Smith is both the Director of Education within the College of Social Science and a member within the School of Sport and Exercise Science, at the University of Lincoln. Having obtained his PhD in Sport Science at the University of Kent, he began teaching in Higher Education in 2001 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As an active researcher and practitioner, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the enhancement of student learning opportunities as well as supporting teaching innovation.
Mark’s areas of interest are around sport science education and higher education governance and leadership. He enacts effective teaching and learning practice within a range of sport science contexts, with particular interests aligned to competency-based practice, curriculum development and innovation and supporting transition into sport science education. This extends to the exploration of leadership training in learning and teaching, and identifying means by which colleagues can address their teaching challenges using appropriate management and leadership techniques.
Mark has taught many aspects of sport science and research methods, in a range of sport science educational settings. At various times he has contributed to, or led, on leadership development programmes within the University. Mark’s teaching in sport science is innovative and excellent. In 2017-18, Mark’s teaching was rated excellent by students responding to the end of programme questionnaires on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Mark has successfully supervised students through both Masters and PhD research programmes.
Mark’s textbook Research Methods in Sport, written in support of research methods teaching, is now in its second edition. It is fast becoming a standard textbook for introductory research methods in sport and exercise and has informed the design of his new textbook Doing Research in Sport, Exercise and Health by Sage. His Golf Science book has now been translated into six languages, with a paperback second edition out in August 2018. He has also been an external examiner in York, Liverpool, Edge Hill and Worcester.