Smock, Robert | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives
Robert B. Smock (1925-2006) was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, in 1946. He received his master’s degree in 1953, and his doctorate in sociology in 1962 from Wayne State University in Detroit. He was associate director of the Detroit Area Traffic Study while at Wayne, and played a major role in highway planning in southeast Michigan.
Smock joined UM-D in 1963 as an assistant professor of sociology and director of the Center for Urban Studies. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965, and to professor in 1968. His interests were in human ecology, demography and urban sociology. He was part of the academic development team in the administration during the transition from a senior college to a four-year institution in 1971. He was also chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. He was acting director of the Office of Institutional Research, at the time of his retirement in 1990.
Smock was chairman of the Self-Study Committee for the NCA Accreditation visit in 1974, and author of the self-study of the sociology department in 1980.
Smock was the author of “Man and the Urban Environment” (1971), and “Elementary Human Ecology” (1977).