Courtney B. Smith joined the faculty of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in 1999. He was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2005, at which time he also became an associate dean of the School. He served as Acting Dean from August 2019 to March 2022, when he was appointed Dean. His areas of study include international organizations, United Nations studies and peace studies. To foster collaboration among the University's school and colleges, Dean Smith also serves as vice dean of Seton Hall Law, where he assists with budget management and related matters.
Dr. Smith has interviewed over one hundred United Nations delegates and staff members for his research on the organization and its members. His book, Politics and Process at the United Nations: The Global Dance, was published by Lynne Rienner in 2006. Additional research on the organization's political process has been published in the journals Global Governance, the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, and in the International Journal of Peace Studies, as well as in edited volumes with Lexington Books, Edward Elgar Publishers, and SAGE Publications. He has also published on the relationship between the United Nations and its leading member, the United States, in articles for International Studies Perspectives and White House Studies and in an essay for the United Nations Association of the USA's A Global Agenda.
Other UN related research includes an article on Security Council working methods for Global Governance, a book chapter on Security Council reform, a review article on the UN Secretary-General for International Politics, two book chapters on Kofi Annan's leadership as Secretary-General, an interview with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson for The Interdependent, a book review on the UN's role in peace and security for International Affairs, an article on the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations for Peace and Change, and a paper on UN peacekeeping for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Dr. Smith has also published two articles on active learning about international affairs in the journals International Studies Review and International Studies Perspectives, along with a chapter on academic leadership in the Resource Handbook for Academic Deans.
Dr. Smith has served as a Faculty Consultant for the Secretariat of the United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations and serves as the main representative for the School of Diplomacy's NGO affiliation with the UN Department of Global Communications and for Seton Hall's consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Academic Council on the United Nations System and the American Conference of Academic Deans. He developed and directs the School's United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program, which brings an international group of students to Seton Hall and UN Headquarters for a one-week immersion program. In addition, he is faculty advisor to the Seton Hall Model United Nations Association and the School's student-run international newspaper, the Diplomatic Envoy.
- Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations, The Ohio State University
- "Purpose-Driven Leadership: The Value in Finding Your Why." Pages 27-33 in the American Conference of Academic Deans' Resource Handbook for Academic Deans. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023.
- "Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Working Methods in the UN Security Council." Global Governance, special issue on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pages 276-290.
- "Building Peace through the Political Processes of the United Nations." Pages 145-163 in The United Nations edited by Sam Daws and Natalie Samarasinghe. Volume 5: Conflict and Crisis. London, UK: SAGE Publications, 2015.
- "'Nobody Can Do Everything, but Everybody Can Do Something:' An Interview with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson." The Interdependent, published online by the United Nations Association of the USA, 12 December 2012.
- "The Impact of Dues Withholding on the U.S.-UN Relationship." White House Studies, special issue on U.S. Presidential Leadership at the United Nations, vol. 11, no. 3, 2012, pages 261-281.
- "Informal Governance at the United Nations." Pages 236-254 in the International Handbook on Informal Governance edited by Thomas Christiansen and Christine Neuhold. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2012.
- Politics and Process at the United Nations: The Global Dance Lynne Rienner Publisher, 2006