David Smith was promoted to teaching assistant professor. He was also one of five faculty across campus named to the sixth cohort of Honors College Faculty Fellows. Smith has taught courses in visual journalism, video for social media, brand storytelling, drone journalism, augmented and virtual reality (AR & VR) and international study abroad. His creative and professional work ranges from traditional photojournalism and videography to experimental and emerging technology, including augmented reality, social virtual reality and VR film. As part of the Honors Faculty fellowship, Smith will teach the “Extending Reality” course which will present students with a guided media and discussion-based tour of XR (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) technology, learning about its origins, current applications and future growth potential. Before joining the faculty at WVU in 2013, he was a visual journalist for several news organizations in North and South Carolina, Alabama, Ohio and West Virginia. He earned an associate of applied science degree from Randolph Community College and both a bachelor of arts and master of arts degree from West Virginia University.