Biography

A native of Poland, Renata Kolodziej-Smith is one of NSC’s newest faces, having joined the faculty in fall of 2015.  She completed her Ph.D. at Wayne State University, where she also received her master’s degree in 2001. She holds bachelor and master’s degree from University of Warsaw in Poland, and has business experience in advertising and marketing field. Prior to joining UCF, Kolodziej-Smith taught at Wayne State University, Madonna University, Oakland Community College and Central Michigan University. Her teaching interests include organizational, small group and intercultural communication. Her research focuses on intercultural and organizational communication, but also spans online health information seeking practices to voicing relationships through Dilbert cartoons. Her study on the use of Pro-Ana blogs for social support was recently published in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. She is fluent in Polish and English, and conversational in German, Russian and Latin.