Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith - Columbia College Chicago

Ryan Smith

Assistant Professor of Instruction



Ryan Smith is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department. He is the coordinator of the Accounting and Finance courses and has previously served as the Graduate Program Director of the Master of Arts Management. Ryan teaches undergraduate courses both online and in the classroom in Accounting, Finance, Information Management, and Marketing Data Analytics. He also teaches the graduate level Accounting for Decision Making, and Financial Management courses.

Ryan held the position of Box Office & Digital Media Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta, overseeing the non-profit organization’s day-to-day sales, with a strong focus on customer relationship management and e-commerce development. He went on to serve as the Director of Marketing where he developed marketing strategies, leveraging dynamic creative, new media, and strategic partnerships that led to record-breaking sales. Ryan developed the Sinfonietta's marketing budget and assisted in the organization’s overall financial analysis and forecasting.

Ryan has served as a manager for a former World Wrestling Entertainment professional wrestler, overseeing the performer’s digital content, and coordinating appearances and promotions. He has worked in broadcasting, both as a producer and talent in terrestrial radio, Internet radio, and podcasting. Ryan currently co-owns a podcasting network called Media Empire Media and co-hosts several podcasts.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Sociology-Social Psychology from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.

Instructional Areas

Accounting, Information Management, Finance, Marketing Data Analytics

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Performing Arts Innovation, Online Education, Podcasting, Personalized and Adaptive Learning, Emerging Technologies


B.A., Film, Video and Media Studies / Sociology Western Michigan University 2007
MAM - Master of Arts Management, Media Management Columbia College Chicago 2009