Dr. Melissa Smith

Associate Professor and English Education Director


Irby 317B

(501) 450-5100

Melissa Smith (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is an Associate Professor of English Education and the program coordinator for the 7-12 English Education BA program. Her primary research focus is LGBTQ-inclusive educational practice, and her teaching in informed by social justice, feminist, and anti-racist frameworks for English curriculum and instruction. She has published research in journals including Equity and Excellence in Education, Educational Administration Quarterly,  Teachers College Record and contributed to edited collections including Critical Concepts in Queer Studies and Education: An International Guide for the Twenty-First CenturyThe SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, and Transgender Studies in K-12 Education: Mapping an Agenda for Research and Practice. She teaches Methods of Teaching English and Composition, Internship I and II, and several general education courses. In addition to her responsibilities at UCA, Dr. Smith is Associate Director of Research for the Queering Education Research Institute (QuERI), an organization she has been involved with since 2008.



Ph.D. Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University
M.A.  English, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
B.A.   English, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska


Fall 2022 Courses

English Education  ENGL 4350
Methods ENGL 4358-5358
English Internship  ENGL 4680
Writing and Research ENGL 1320 Online

Fall 2021 Office Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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 Appointment Only. Please email mjsmith@uca.edu to schedule.