TRAVIS SMITH IS A PRACTITIONER IN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS THAT HAS WORKED AT POWER 5, FCS AND DIVISION 2 UNIVERSITIES IN COMPLIANCE AND ACADEMICS. IN HIS CURRENT ROLE, SMITH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NCAA ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY, INCLUDING TRACKING AND PROJECTING NCAA METRICS FOR APR AND PTD AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY. Established in 2019 as an independent podcast, Higher Ed Athletics is an outside-the-classroom learning experience where travis interviews experts in both higher education and intercollegiate athletics.
A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT, SMITH IS A GRADUATE FROM IUPUI IN INDIANAPOLIS, HOLDS A MASTERS DEGREE FROM INDIANA UNIVERSITY IN ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION AND IS CURRENTLY A HIGHER EDUCATION DOCTORAL STUDENT AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY.
SMITH IS CONTINUALLY JOTTING DOWN IDEAS OF HOW TO effectively structure and brand AN ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AT A PUBLIC URBAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITY OR PUBLIC REGIONAL INSTITUTION USING IUPUI AND INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AS HIS FOCUS SUBJECTS.
Travis and his wife, Kaitlyn, live just west of Indianapolis, Indiana. They have two young boys, Jaxon and Chase. The family goldendoodle, teddy, was adopted early during the covid-19 pandemic.