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Dr. Patricia Smith


Office: G-115-K
College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Patricia Smith has been teaching at Clayton State University since 2010, She is a Full Professor in English, with a concentration in English Education (Pre-K through college). She teaches English and Education courses and directs the MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) graduate program. In 2017, Dr. Smith was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Gene Hatfield Teacher of the Year Award as well as named as a finalist for the Alice J. Smith Teaching Excellence Award. In 2019, Dr. Smith was awarded the Heritage Cadillac Foundation University Professorship in recognition of her excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship. She has also been nominated on several times for the Presidential Making Things Better award.


EdD, Curriculum and Teaching/English Education, Boston University, 2002

MA, English, George Mason University, 1991

BA, Liberal Studies, Marymount University, 1984

Intellectual Contributions

Patricia A. Smith, Accreditation Report - CSU English Education program (Undergraduate and MAT) October 2020

Patricia A. Smith, Mary Lamb, Connections - Guide to First Year Writing at Clayton State University, Ninth Edition, Fountainhead Preadd – June 2019

Patricia A. Smith, Tracey Fredman , Five Common Reasons Why Programs Do Not Achieve NCATE Recognition, Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators – Spring 2012

Patricia A. Smith, Getting Around the Stumbling Bloacks: A Differentiated Approach to Teaching in the Literature Class, Oregon English Journal – Fall 2011


Patricia A Smith, Collaborative Learning: Flexible Grouping Across the Content Areas, 2019 Innovative Teaching Strategies Brown Bag Series, College of Arts and Sciences –  February 13 2019

Winifred Nweke, Patricia A Smith, Rosetta L Riddle,  ,  , Preparing Candidates in a Professional Development School: Granting Equal Voice to P-12 Stakeholders , Inaugural Meeting of the South Eastern Regional Professional Development Schools Association, South Eastern Professional Development Schools Association –  July 13 2016

Barbara Goodman, Patricia A Smith, Medieval Literature and the High School Classroom, 2018 International Medieval Society Conference, International Medieval Society –  February 2018

Winifred Nweke, Patricia A. Smith, Rosetta L Riddle, Shayla Mitchell, Mandy E Lusk, The Early Steps of Developing Partnerships Between Higher Education and School Districts: Part II - Finding the Perfect Match, 2016 National Association of Professional Development Schools Conference, National Association of Professional Development Schools –  March 2016

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

College, Arts and Sciences Promotion/Tenure Committee, Committee Member –  Fall 2019 to Present

College, Graduate Studies Committee, Committee Member –  August 2020 to Present

Department, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Attendee, Meeting –  August 2020 to Present

College, MALS Subcommittee, Committee Chair –  September 2020 to Present

Service to the Profession

Other, CAEP (formerly NCATE, National –  September 2016 to Present

Reviewer, Journal Article, English Education Journal, National –  November 2020 to Present

Other, National Council of Teachers or English, National –  Fall 2007 to Present