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Jennifer Smith

Associate Professor & Chair of Dance

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Easels in the painting studio.

Jennifer Leigh Smith

At Knox Since: 1997

Associate Professor and Chair of Dance

Along with directing the dance program at Knox College, Smith is the artistic director of a modern dance-based performance company.

Why Knox?

When I came out for my interview, I was pretty much a city kid, and as I was driving out here, past all the cornfields, I kept thinking, "no way will I take this job!" One of the first things I did as a part of my interview was teach a dance class. I was blown away—the students were amazing! I had never taught a room full of people so hungry to learn. As I was driving home I thought, "I have to have this job!" I came to Knox because of the students who were here that day. I stay because the caliber of students has never wavered.

If you weren't a professor, what would you be?

I would be an adventure travel guide. I would be the person on the camel leading a group through the Valley of the Kings.

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