Prior to becoming a higher education faculty member, Dr. Sandy Smith taught twenty years in the P-12 setting. She served as an elementary, special education, gifted and adult education teacher. Her areas of interest include special education, diversity, assessment, and literacy. She has co-authored a number of college-level texts including The Student Teaching and Field Experience Handbook (7th edition), Teaching Reading in the Today’s Middle Schools (1st edition), Teaching Through Stories, Yours, Mine and Theirs (1st edition), and Teaching Reading in Today’s Elementary Schools (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th editions).
Dr. Smith is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), The Tennessee Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (TACTE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the Literacy Association of Tennessee (LAT). Currently in LAT, Dr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors holds the state leadership position of Treasurer.
At Cumberland University, Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses for candidates seeking teacher licensure. She teaches courses related to collaboration, special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and literacy and provides support for candidates in numerous field and clinical experiences. She advises licensure candidates seeking endorsements in special education, elementary education, and ESL.
Dr. Smith serves as the program director for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. She participates in a number of campus-wide committees, including the CU Colloquium Planning Committee. Dr. Smith often presents professional development programs for area school systems and serves on a number of state-level committees organized by the Tennessee State Department of Education.
Dr. Smith lives in Overton County with her husband of 47 years, David. They have two sons, Dustin and Tyler, a daughter-in-law, Mandy, a grandson, Marek, one Siberian Husky dog and four cats.