Markisha Webster Smith was born in Dayton, Ohio.  She grew up in a small suburb of the city, Trotwood, Ohio.  After graduating from Trotwood-Madison High School, Markisha went to the University of Memphis where she earned a B.A. in English.  She then moved to Columbia, Missouri, where she earned a M.Ed. and teaching certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  In 2001, Markisha decided to move to Houston, Texas, to take her first teaching job in English at Phillis Wheatley High School.  While at Wheatley, Markisha began work on a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction which she completed in December of 2007 from Texas Southern University.  Markisha taught a total of eight years as an English/AP teacher for grades 9-12 in both the Houston Independent School District and the Galena Park Independent School District.

As a new addition to the Northern Michigan University family, Markisha is excited about new research and teaching opportunities.  Her research interests include diversity/multicultural education, differentiated learning, reading performance of African American student populations, and advanced placement studies in English.

Markisha enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, and their two dogs, Shabazz and Jasmine, reading, traveling, teaching, visiting cultural exhibits, viewing dramatic performances, and relaxing in the company of her close family and friends.