Jennifer Smith, Ph.D.

Jennifer Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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. Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate courses focused on literacy education for the Early Childhood-6th grade program. Much of her research examines how students interact and engage with the new literacies of the Internet and the connection to literacy learning. Dr. Smith also examines children’s literature, focusing on various genres and texts written in different formats, for example graphic novels.

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
  • Reading and Writing Methods
  • Literacy across the Disciplines

Research Areas

  • Reader Response
  • Children’s Literature
  • New Literacies
  • Teacher Education