New Director of Center for Constitutional Studies

Rodney K. Smith joins UVU

Distinguished scholar and author Rodney K. Smith joins Utah Valley University this year as director of the Center for Constitutional Studies. Smith is the author or co-author of three scholarly books and more than twenty-five scholarly articles. He is recognized for his scholarship in the freedom of religion and sports law areas. 

Smith says, “Nothing could be more exciting than helping to build upon the strong foundation that has been laid for the unique Center for Constitutional Studies. . . . I cannot imagine a greater work than to engage students and the broader community in a meaningful dialogue about the Constitution and its enduring principles.”

Before joining UVU, Smith was director of the Sports Law and Business Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. His resume includes serving as distinguished professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and as a member of the board of trustees of the American Academy of Liberal Education. He has also been president of Southern Virginia University and dean of the schools of law at Capital University, the University of Montana, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

As part of the 2016 Constitution Week Conference at UVU, Smith will speak on Justice Scalia, James Madison, and the Right of Conscience Sept. 15. His talk will take place at 10:15 a.m. in room 510/511 of the Classroom Building, the new building next to the library. 

The Center for Constitutional Studies is a nonpartisan academic institute that promotes the instruction, study, and research of constitutionalism. The center offers a constitutional studies minor and frequent high profile events. It brings together scholars, students, and citizens for rigorous consideration of constitutional issues. The center has brought to UVU high-profile speakers, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, award-winning author and Harvard University Professor of Law Noah Feldman, and International Court of Justice member Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood. 

To carry out its mission, the center seeks funding for academic conferences, educational programming, and an endowed chair in constitutional studies. It also seeks funding for teaching and research assistants, student exchanges at Oxford University, and facilities expansion. If you are interested in supporting the center, please contact Scott Cooksey, vice president for Institutional Advancement, at 801-863-5189 or make a gift online.