College of Nursing
Dr. Smith Named Associate Dean for Academics
Georgette (Gigi) Smith, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, associate professor, was named associate dean for academics on August 1, 2014. She joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in 2004 as the track coordinator of the pediatric nurse practitioner program and assisted in co-creating the MSN/DNP asynchronous online curriculum. She was named the MSN/DNP program director in 2013.
A certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Smith has 30 years of pediatric nursing experience specializing in the care of children with epilepsy. During that time she has gained extensive knowledge of the psychosocial impact of chronic illness, specifically epilepsy, on youth and their families. For the past 10 years, Smith has also served as co-investigator or co-principal investigator in five funded research projects studying youth with epilepsy and their families. Additionally, she has co-directed numerous professional educational offerings regarding pediatric neurology issues including epilepsy throughout the years.
Smith’s work has been recognized by receiving the South Carolina Nurses Association Excellence in Nursing Practice Award, the South Carolina Nurses Foundation Palmetto Gold Award, the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Health Care Hero Award, MUSC’s Outstanding Clinician Award, and twice receiving the College of Nursing’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.