First Year Writing, English as a Second Language


Sandra Wilson Smith is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Instruction in First Year Writing, specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  She received her Ph.D. in English in 2008 from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).  Her research and publications have focused on writing pedagogy (especially in connection with developmental writing and ESL), young-adult literature, African-American literature, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American female adventure tales.

Selected Publications

  • The Action-Adventure Heroine: Rediscovering an American Literary Character, 1697-1895. The University of Tennessee Press: 2018.
  • “Battle and Basketball: Teaching Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian with Homer’s the Iliad.” SIGNAL Journal (Spring/Summer 2014): 17-20.
  • “Frontier Androgyny:  An Archetypal Female Hero in The Adventures of Daniel Boone.” Journal of American Studies 44:2 (May 2010): 169-286.
  • “Using Email as a Cultural Bridge in the Learning Process for Transnational Students.”  Cases on Technological Adaptability and Transnational Learning:  Issues and Challenges. Eds. Siran Mukerji and Purnendu Tripathi. Hersey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2010: 264-283.
  • “Chester Himes’s The Third Generation:  A Dystopic Domestic Novel.” Southern Literary Journal 41:2 (Spring 2009): 38-52.
  • “Conceptualizing Cognitive Skills Developed During Video Game Play:  A Case Study in Teaching Composition 1.” E-Learning 5:2 (2008): 180-188.

Courses Taught

  • English 0711: Introduction to Academic Discourse (ESL)
  • English 0812: Analytical Reading and Writing (ESL)
  • English 3821: Linguistics and Grammar
  • English 3822: Semantics