Kathy is Associate Professor at the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, where she chaired the Division from Fall 2004 to Spring 2009 and from Fall 2010 until Fall 2014 establishing the BA in animation and digital arts, creating the semester abroad with Studio Art Centers International Florence, Italy and establishing the research collaboration with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies in 2004.
Kathy was Co-Chair of REDEFINING ANIMATION The 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies hosted at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC 2013.
Her teaching focuses on expanded animation practice and animation as consciousness.
Mellon Award for Mentoring Graduate Students University of Southern California 2013
Impact Award for Education from Adobe Sytems Inc. 2011
Interdisciplinary Zumberge Research Grant, University of Southern California 2010
Interdisciplinary Zumberge Research Grant, University of Southern California 2008
Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award in the Creative Arts, University of Southern California 2005
Individual Zumberge Research Grant University of Southern California 2005
USC interview with Smith
Scanlines Interviews with Smith