Dr. Howard L. Smith
Assistant Professor
Division of Bilingual-Bicultural Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio


Howard L. Smith, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education, holds a Ph.D. in bilingual-multicultural education from the University of Arizona. He received a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Temple University.


At UTSA, Dr. Smith teaches core courses in theoretical foundations of bilingual education, biliteracy development and bilingual content instruction. Several of his courses are taught in Spanish.


Dr. Smith's research focus is on literacy development in bilingual-multicultural contexts. His publications are: "Literacy and instruction in African American communities: Shall we overcome?" In B. Pérez (Ed.), Sociocultural Contexts of Language and Literacy (pp. 189-222). Lawrence Erlbaum 1998, and (with Heckman, P) . "The Mexican-American War: The next generation." In (E. Garcia, Ed.), Yearbook in Early Childhood Education. Teachers College Press, 1995. He has given numerous teacher training workshops for school districts throughout Texas and Arizona as well as scholarly presentations in the United States and Mexico.

Awards and Grants

Dr. Smith was awarded a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Arizona. He received a Title VII Bilingual Education Fellowship from United States Department of Education and the Marshall Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Professional Service

Dr. Smith is a member of the International Reading Association, American Educational Research Association, and the National Association for Bilingual Education. Currently, he is co-chairman of the program committee for the Annual Conference of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education, and the program chair for the Annual Conference of the San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education. Dr. Smith is also a consultant for the several school districts in Southwest Texas on their dual-language initiative.

Links to Information and Resources

Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

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