Cinzia Villanucci Smothers

Cinzia Villanucci Smothers

Community Engagement Manager

Role: Cinzia collaborates with faculty, project managers, learning experience designers, and media producers to develop and lead a community of Course Advocates in the monitoring and maintenance of active courses. She is committed to enriching engagement and the overall learning experience in our courses and to discovering new audiences.

Experience: Prior to joining Academic Innovation, Cinzia worked at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health as a Faculty and Program Coordinator in the Department of Global Health & Population. Aside from academic and research administration, she has professional experience teaching traditional, as well as experimental and online, courses in a higher education setting. She was an instructor in the Philosophy Department at Bowling Green State University for six years and she currently is an online faculty at the University of Maryland University College, where she has been teaching Philosophy, Practical Reasoning, and Applied Ethics classes to non-traditional students for the last ten years.


Master of Arts in Philosophy – Bowling Green State University
Master of Arts in Bioethics and Practical Ethics – La Sapienza University, Rome (Italy)
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – University of Cagliari (Italy)