April 11, 2019 – Reynolds Alumni Ctr.

2017 Roger L. Mitchell Fellow: Michael F. Smith

Michael Smith

Michael Smith joined CAFNR as an assistant professor in 1980, after receiving his Ph.D. in physiology of reproduction from Texas A&M University.

Smith excels in every facet of his career — he has been recognized at the college, university and national levels for teaching, research and advising. In 1995 Smith received MU’s William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Other awards include the UM System President's Award for Innovative Teaching (2015), the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012), the Physiology and Endocrinology Award from the American Society of Animal Science (2009), Society for the Study of Reproduction Trainee Mentoring Award (2008), and CAFNR’s Frederick B. Mumford Outstanding Faculty Award (2004).

Smith has secured continuous federal competitive funding for research since 1984. He is a fellow of the American Society of Animal Science. He is on the editorial board of Reproduction, has published more than 150 papers in leading journals and has presented more than 130 papers.

“Dr. Michael Smith is truly one of the exceptional undergraduate and graduate teachers in the Division of Animal Sciences and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Mike Smith is a committed educator who cares deeply about his students,” said Rodney D. Geisert, professor of animal sciences. “What is unique about Dr. Smith is not only is he a gifted and distinguished teacher, he is nationally recognized as one of the leading scientists in the field of reproductive biology. He is internationally recognized for his scholarship of discovery research in the study of local regulation of ovarian function.”


Rarely does one have the benefit of not only having a renowned research scientist who is highly competitive in obtaining extramural funding for biological research, but a faculty member that also excels in teaching students in a difficult curriculum.

Rodney D. Geisert, professor, animal sciences