Smith, John Arnold
Endowed Chair - Mary Lou Fulton, Professor SOE
132E ME
J Smith Resume
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Dr. John A. Smith is the Mary Lou Fulton Chair for Policy and Innovation in the School of Education at Utah Valley University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum from the University of Utah, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Smith has 10 years of elementary classroom teaching experience in 2nd and 5th grades and as a Title 1 reading teacher. Dr. Smith also served as Reading Coordinator for the Chapel Hill, NC, School District, during which time the district’s Chapter 1 program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary Program. Dr. Smith also has 30 years of teaching and administrative experience at the university level. A highlight of Dr. Smith’s teaching was taking a year off from university teaching to return to a first-grade classroom to implement a comprehensive literacy instruction block. Dr. Smith has worked extensively with teachers in elementary school classrooms as a Reading Excellence Act reading coach and currently as a consultant and Reading First technical assistant. Dr. Smith’s publications and presentation topics include implementing comprehensive literacy instruction, implementing a variety of reading instruction strategies, and enhancing literacy instruction with children’s songs. He has served on the editorial boards for The Reading Teacher and Literacy Research & Instruction journals, and is a former president of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Dr. Smith’s teaching awards include USU 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 Joanne are proud parents of five children and ten grandchildren, so far.