My Heart I Give …


Jeanne  Jacoby  Smith, Ed.D.

B.A., English – Elizabethtown College
M.A., English – James Madison University
Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction – Kansas State University

Professor Emerita of Teacher Education and English, McPherson College, McPherson, KS
Currently retired and living in McPherson, Kansas ; freelance writer; poet
Author: “Origins of the Individual Voice in Writing, 1890-1990” (Doctoral Dissertation)
Author: “Religion in the Plays of George Bernard Shaw” (Master’s Thesis)
Author:  “An Altar in the Forest: A History of Mount Lebanon Campmeeting, 1892-1992.
Author: “Mt. Lebanon Campmeeting: 1904 – 2004, Tabernacle Centennial”
Author: “Refugees! A Family’s Search for Freedom and a Church That Helped Them Find It”
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Religious affiliation – Church of the Brethren (with a strong emphasis on service and New Testament Pacifism)
Co-leader of student trips to 56 countries with husband, Dr. A. Herbert Smith, who is
the Chair of the Philosophy & Religion Dept., McPherson College, McPherson, KS
1991-1992 – Lived in Sapporo, Japan  –  Co-Director of Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA);
— Taught English to Japanese students and oversaw academic needs of 13 American students at Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan, for Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA)
Years: 1999-2,000 – Lived in Kerala, India –  Co-Director of Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA);  Taught Cross-Cultural Education and oversaw 20 American students at Cochin University, Kerala State, India

1982-1987 – Assistant to the Director of Publications, McPherson College , Kansas
1987-1991 – Professor of Curriculum/Instruction and English, McPherson College , Kansas
2011 – Retired, Professor Emerita of Teacher Education/English, McPherson College
2011-2013 – Visiting Lecturer – Theological College of Northern India

(a) PET-Kansas  (Personal Energy Transportation wheelchairs) – Member of PET-Kansas’ board. (Note: As of 2016, PET-International changed its name to “Mobility Worldwide”)
(b) Leading student service groups to Ethiopia to deliver PET wheelchairs to disabled persons who are living in poverty, 2005 – present.
(c) My husband Herb and I have led students and others to Ethiopia annually to deliver PET wheelchairs (Personal Energy Transportation) to indigent persons who cannot walk. I, also, helped to deliver 200 PETs to persons with disabilities in Honduras.
(d) MacWriters – I write every time I have an opportunity, including under my pillow at night. Lately, my goals are to publish articles on my life passions, particularly regarding opportunities available through our churches and the imperative of  ‘That Power Which Is Greater Than We Are.”  It is my belief that people of faith are called to help others. Thus, “peace and service” are major issues of concern in my walk through life.
(e) Staying close to children and family – Adam Berrigan Smith, Ph.D., is now a researcher in residence at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Our daughter, MiRan Marie Jacoby, is proprietor of a business that builds and sells homes near Netherlands, Colorado.
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