River Forest, Illinois
“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”
— Toni Morrison
Adam Smeets is the director of university information systems at Dominican University. In this role, Smeets provides leadership for the “application” side of IT, leading cross-functional teams in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) to enrich the relationship between technology and education, as well as developing ongoing strategies for the effective use of technology in teaching and learning.
Formerly, Smeets was the manager of digital media services/academic technology services within the Division of Information Technology Services and adjunct instructor at Loyola University Chicago. In this role, he managed the campus lab environments at both the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, including the Digital Media Lab and student advisors (undergraduate students). This included an Equipment Loan Program, training courses, online application and server development, and one-on-one consultations for students, faculty, and staff.
He also serves in multiple roles and capacities within Information Technology. These roles range from creative support and interface development to programming and development guidance. Smeets also serves on multiple committees at Dominican, as well as teaching courses with a focus on technology, business, and application/web development.
Smeets focuses on blending technologies that resolve institutional problems. Whether this involves blending PHP, ColdFusion, and other coding languages or integrating existing systems with new technologies, he finds satisfaction in making the pieces fit from the formatting, procedural, and functional perspectives.
Smeets holds a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a master’s in educational technology from the University of Delaware. He is currently completing a doctor of education (EdD) program in curriculum and instruction at Loyola University Chicago.