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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
It was with warm appreciation that the College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington honored Dr. John Smith, Associate Dean for Educator Preparation, Professor of Literacy, and former chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as he retired from thirty-nine years as an educator and ten years at UTA. Faculty, family and friends gathered at the University Club to share remembrances and to pay tribute to Dr. Smith and the indelible impression he has made on the institution and the students it serves.
Dr. Smith was presented with a commemorative glass guitar sculpture in acknowledgement of his love of music, which he often incorporates into his teaching. The sculpture was created by Justin Ginsberg, internationally recognized glass artist and head of the Glass Art program at UTA.
Dr. Smith’s career as an educator began with a decade of elementary classroom teaching 2nd and 5th grades as well as Chapter 1 reading. Under his tenure as Reading Coordinator for the Chapel Hill City School District, his program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary Program.
His research focused on comprehension strategy instruction and the use of children’s literature in content-area reading instruction. He wrote grants that supported Early Reading First, Reading First, and other professional development projects.
Dr. Smith’s teaching awards include Utah State University College of Education Teacher of the Year, USU Department of Elementary Education Teacher of the Year, USU Extension Program Teaching Award, and the Mortar Board “Top Prof” award.
Dr. Smith and his wife of nearly forty years, Joanne, are the very proud parents of five children and nine grandchildren. As he and his family move forward into the next chapter of their lives, their colleagues at UTA wish them the very best. John will be greatly missed in the College of Education and the university community, but the positive influence and unwavering professionalism he has brought to the College of Education during his tenure will endure and continue to inspire.
Dr. Ann Cavallo speaks about her friend and colleague, Dr. John Smith.
Dr. John Smith and his wife, Joanne.
Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives, reads from the book she wrote to honor Dr. Smith.
The Smiths, enjoying comments from Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty, Dean of the College of Education.
Dr. Doughty and Dr. Smith