Michael W. Smith
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development


  • Common Core
  • Gender
  • Reading and literacy

Michael W. Smith is associate dean for faculty development and academic affairs in Temple University’s College of Education. He joined the ranks of college instructors after 11 years of teaching high school English and has won awards for his teaching at both. His research focuses on how experienced readers read and talk about texts as well as what motivates and supports adolescents’ reading and writing both in and out of school. He’s reported that research and the instructional ideas that derive from it in 14 books and over 60 articles and chapters, including ”Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys:  Literacy in the Lives of Young Men,”  for which he and his co-author Jeff Wilhelm received the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. He is also an author of National Geographic School Publishing’s Edge and Inside anthology series. He has been chair of the Literature Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, co-chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, and co-editor of Research in the Teaching of English. He is a fellow of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.