Katy Smith
Professor; Department Chair
Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies
College of Education
(773) 442-5329
Secondary education, curriculum theory and classroom practice, English language arts education and writing pedagogy, interdisciplinary curriculum
Courses Taught
Methods of Teaching English
Reflection and Assessment of Student Learning
School Curriculum
Research Interests
Teacher and student identity around literacy teaching and learning; disciplinary and interdisciplinary literacies; curriculum history, theory, and design; arts education

Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Research
University of Wisconsin - Madison

M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies
National-Louis University

B.A. in English
Indiana University - Bloomington

Selected Publications

Zemelman, S., and Smith, K. (2016). Growing L2P 2.0 into a project that can have impact beyond the
classroom. Letters to the Next President 2.0, Date Published: June 3, 2016.

Smith, K., and Dover, A. G. (2015). [Review of the book Educating about social issues in the 20th
and 21st centuries: Critical pedagogues and their pedagogical theories, volume 4.] Teachers College
Record, Date Published: October 22, 2015 http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18185, Date
Accessed: 1/12/2016 11:40:01 AM

Dover, A. G., Schultz, B. D., Smith, K., & Duggan, T. J. (2015). Embracing the controversy: edTPA,
corporate influence, and the cooptation of teacher education. Teachers College Record, Date
Published: September 14, 2015. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18109, Date Accessed:
9/15/2015 6:43:02 AM

Dover, A. G., Schultz, B. D., Smith, K., & Duggan, T. J. (2015). Who’s preparing our candidates?
edTPA, localized knowledge and the outsourcing of teacher evaluation. The Teachers College
Record, Date Published: March 30, 2015. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17914, Date
Accessed: 1/12/2016 11:06:42 AM

Smith, K., and McKnight, K. (2009). Remembering to laugh and explore: Improvisational activities
for literacy teaching in urban classrooms. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 10(12).
Retrieved April 27, 2010 from http://www.ijea.org/v10n12/.

Smith, K. (2008). Becoming an "honours student": The interplay of literacies and identities in a high-track
class. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 40 (4), 481-507.


A 20-year veteran of high school teaching, Dr. Smith taught English, as well as history and German, before coming to NEIU in 2003. In addition to her work at the university, she is a dancer and choreographer who has been nominated for a Broadway World choreography award for regional non-equity theater.



 - Recipient of two NEIU Faculty Excellence Awards, 2018 and 2016

 - Federal Education, Innovation, and Research Grant Award, 2018

 - National Writing Project SEED College, Career and Community-Ready Writers Grant Awards 2017 and 2018 

Additional Information

- Director, Illinois Writing Project and active in the National Writing Project Network

- NEIU Travel Grant Award Winner

- Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel: Award of Merit” (as a member of the Freshman Studies Team)

- American Federation of Teachers Robert G. Porter Scholar

- Pi Lambda Theta Graduate Student Scholar

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