Katherine Taken Smith

My priorities are God, family, and students.

I went to school non-stop until I earned my doctorate in marketing.

When my first child was born, I stopped college teaching so that I could devote my full attention to taking care of my family.

Many years later, when my three children were adults, God opened the door for me to re-enter the academic world with a faculty position at Texas A&M University. I love college teaching at this time in life because I’m able to focus on my students.

God gave me the opportunity to move to Kentucky to be part of the faculty at Murray State University. Many people say it’s not possible to start a career in your 50’s, but with God all things are possible.

My Life

  • Friends describe me
    hard-working, determined, and thoughtful.
  • Hobbies
    walking, Bible study, and card-making.
  • Fantasy dinner guests
    Nancy Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, and Laura Bush.
  • In college I drove
    no car in college.
  • Worst school subject
  • College for undergrad degree
    NLU -- Goooooooooo Northeast!
  • Best advice I ever got
    Ask God for advice.
  • Favorite books
    The Bible; Pride and Prejudice.
  • Favorite movies
    Pride and Prejudice; You've Got Mail.
  • Favorite city
    Victoria, Canada.
  • Favorite coffee
    I don't drink coffee, but enjoy Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • Nobody knows I
    am an author of 10 books.
  • If I were not a professor, I would
    be an architect.
  • Latest accomplishment
    received two article acceptances at a major marketing journal; became a grandmother.
  • Quote

    "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Murray State University
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