Dr. Kathy Smith completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in August of 2019. She is currently in her eighth year as faculty in the Nursing Department at the University of Central Oklahoma and serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Fast Track in Nursing. Having graduated from UCO in 2006 with her nursing degree, Dr. Smith enjoys empowering students to become nurses. She worked in Cardiac Intensive Care as an RN prior to teaching. She serves as a faculty advisor and financial advisor for the Student Nurses Association at UCO. Dr. Smith is a consultant for the Oklahoma Nursing Student Association and President for the Beta Delta at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Her areas of interest are Diabetes and empowerment, vulnerable populations, leadership, mental health, transformative learning, and faculty learning communities. She has served as a member of the Embodied Brain Learning Community for the past several years. Dr. Smith has received many awards and recognitions including March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Nominee and Finalist in the Education Category, presentation of DNP Project to the President and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Graceland University, Most Distinguished Teacher-Scholar, Teacher-Scholar, and Distinguished Teacher-Scholar. Dr. Smith and a colleague received the 2017 Masonic Endowment for Transformative Learning Award.