The Department of English
Phone: (646) 312-3973
Cheryl C. Smith specializes in composition, writing across the curriculum, faculty development, environmental literature, and early American literature. She is writing across the curriculum coordinator at Baruch and serves on the CUNY-wide planning committee for the professionalization of graduate writing fellows. She also runs faculty development seminars on topics related to teaching with writing, assignment design, and interdisciplinary teaching.
Her recent publications include “Technologies for Transcending a Focus on Error: Blogs and Democratic Aspirations in First-Year Composition” in Journal of Basic Writing, (spring 2008), “Giving Voice to the Novice Authority: Silent Spring in the Composition Classroom” in Teaching North American Environmental Literature (MLA, 2008), “Opening the Invisible Gateway: Some Common Things About Student Writing” in Reclaiming the Public University: Conversations on General & Liberal Education (Peter Lang Press, 2007), “New Scholars Talk Back: The City University of New York and the Shaughnessy Legacy Thirty Years Later” in Journal of Basic Writing (fall 2007), and “Out of Her Place: Anne Hutchinson and the Dislocation of Power in New World Politics” in Journal of American Culture (Dec 2006). She is currently co-editing a book, Transformative Spaces: Designing Creative Sites for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, to be published by Springer Press in 2009, and beginning work on a new book project, The Essay and the Academy: College Writing for Contemporary Writers.
Professor Smith attended Tufts University, receiving her BA in Spanish and English and her MA and PhD in English. At Tufts, she directed a summer intensive college-level writing immersion for high school students and taught courses in the departments of English, American studies, and environmental studies. She went on to teach expository writing and environmental ethics at Harvard before coming to Baruch in 2003. She now enjoys teaching a variety of courses including first-year composition, advanced essay writing, great works of literature, the American literature survey, and the graduate seminar in teaching composition.