Dr. Margaret Smith

Dr. Margaret Smith

Dr. Margaret Smith

Associate Professor
Gregory Lucey Adm Center, 3rd Floor, Office 385
p: 251-380-4190
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, University of Arizona (2007)
Master Degree, English Language & Linguistics, University of Arizona (2002)
Bachelor of Arts, French, Louisiana St Univ Baton Rouge (1995)
Bachelor of Arts, English, Louisiana St Univ Baton Rouge (1995)

Dr. Smith teaches writing and linguistics courses and is the Director for Writing at the Center for Academic Excellence. Her scholarly interests include critical discourse analysis of representations of race and otherness, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics.    

Selected Courses

English 105: College Composition
English 481: Perspectives in Linguistics

English 491: The English Language

Selected Presentations

“Shaping Partnerships across Disciplines for Sustainable Collaborative Models” Southeastern Writing Center Association, Oxford, MS, 2017.

“Collaborative Support for Undergraduate Writing, ” with April Sanders and Amanda ElBassiouny, South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning, Mobile, AL, 2017.

“Blending Knowledge and Bridging Territories: New Frontiers of Collaboration across the Disciplines,” with undergraduate writing tutors, Southeastern Writing Center Association Symposium, Montgomery, AL, 2016

“‘The Devil Made Me Do It’: Self-Presentation Strategies and Racism Denials amid Media Frenzy,” American Association of Applied Linguistics, Orlando, FL, 2016.

“Making Meaning from the Mess: Strategies to Guide Writers toward Focus and Form
with undergraduate writing tutors, Southeastern Writing Center Association Symposium, Troy, AL, 2015

“Fwd: Obama on a Food Stamp: Blogging in the Aftermath of Racist Email Circulations,” Popular Culture Association (PCA), 2009

“The Minutemen Versus the United Army of Illegal Aliens: Metaphorical Battles and the Discourse of Disaster,” American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), 2007

“Minutemen on a Mission: Patriotic Positioning in Immigration Discourses,” Popular Culture Association (PCA), 2007

“Convergences Between Theory and Practice:  Applications of Discourse Analysis and Contrastive Rhetoric in Composition Theory,” New Directions in Critical Theory, 2005 (Co-presenter: Kristina Beckman-Brito)

“The Evil Empire Strikes Again:  A Comparative Look at the Political Rhetoric Surrounding WWII and ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom,’” American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), 2004 (Co-presenters: Estela Ene, Kristina Beckman Brito, and Kimberly Helmer)

Selected Publications

“Covert racist discourses on the WWW: Rhetorical strategies of the Minuteman Project.” (2008). Symposium About Language and Culture (SALSA) Co-author, Linda Waugh. 

“Students as contrastive rhetoricians: Examining ESL student perceptions of L1 and L2
rhetorical conventions.” (2005).  Arizona Working Papers, Volume 12.