Dr. Tracy W. Smith is a Professor and Graduate Middle Grades Program Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University (ASU). She also leads many campus-wide faculty development initiatives, including the Scholarly Teaching Academy and Course (Re)Design Institute. She joined the faculty at ASU in 2000. In 2015 and 2005, she was the recipient of the Reich College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2005, she also received the Appalachian State University Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2014, she received the College of Education Outstanding Mentor Award. She has been involved in middle level education on the national, state, and local levels. Her service includes work as Executive Director of the South Region for National Professors of Middle Level Education (NAPOMLE), secretary of the North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education, member of the North Carolina Middle School Journal editorial board, lead reviewer and auditor for the National Middle School Association/ National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Program Review Board, and advisor for the Appalachian State University Collegiate Middle Level Association. In 2001, she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Her research interests include performance-based middle level teacher preparation, the history of the middle school movement, the relationship between teaching expertise and student learning, and evaluating the depth of student understanding. She has had articles published in journals such as the Middle School Journal, Journal of Teacher Education, Clearing House, and Teacher Education and Practice.
Title: Professor, Assistant Chair, Faculty Fellow in the Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence, Appalachian Scholarly Teaching Academy Program Director
Department: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Middle Grades Program
Email address: Email me
Phone: (828) 262-2274
Office address233E College of Education
Boone, NC 28608-2037
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