Jennifer Smith, Ph.D.

Jennifer Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Program Area: Professional Practice

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Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Jennifer Smith is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses, including children’s literature, adolescent literature and literacy methods courses. Much of her research examines children’s literature and ways to use literature in reading and writing instruction.

Dr. Smith’s career includes elementary and middle grade teaching positions in Germany (Department of Defense Dependent School), Hawaii, Utah and Texas. Her higher education teaching experience includes literacy courses at Texas Woman’s University and Austin College. View CV


Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Woman’s University, Texas, Reading Education
Master of Education, Weber State University, Utah, Curriculum & Instruction
Bachelor of Science, Miami University, Ohio, Education

Academic Areas

  • Children’s Literature
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Reading and Writing Methods

Research Areas

  • Children’s Literature
  • Reader Response
  • Teacher Education

Selected Publications

Smith, J. M. & Robertson, M. K. (2019). Navigating award-winning nonfiction children’s literature. The Reading Teacher, 73(2), 195-204.

Smith, J. M. (2019). Considerations for summer online book clubs. The Reading Teacher, 72(5), 638-642.

Smith, J. M. & Pole, K. (2018). What’s going on in a graphic novel? The Reading Teacher, 72(2), 169-177.

Smith, J. M. & Robertson, M. K. (2017/2018). The influence of online book clubs within two preservice teacher education courses. The Reading Professor, 40(2), 38-44.

Robertson, M. K. & Smith, J. M. (2017). Exploring one preservice teacher’s emerging pedagogical beliefs during an online book club. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 13(2), 78-90.