Blaine E. Smith

Blaine E. Smith is an Assistant Professor of New Literacies and Bi/Multilingual Immigrant Learners in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies. She is affiliate faculty with the Second Language and Teaching (SLAT) program and a member of the interdisciplinary Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) cluster at the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Smith's research focuses on bi/multilingual adolescents' digital literacies across contexts, with special attention to their multimodal composing processes and products. She is currently working on two research projects--funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation--that examine culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents’ content learning through collaborative digital multimodal composing. A main goal of her work is to explore how multimodal composing can support language and literacy learning, identity development, and equity. Her research also focuses on developing scaffolded instructional strategies to support the integration of digital literacies in the classroom. Finally, she is interested in designing innovative multimodal methods for capturing, analyzing, and representing youth’s complex digital literacies.

Dr. Smith received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Literacy Research Association’s Outstanding Student Research Award, and an Emerging Scholars Fellowship by the Reading Hall of Fame. Her 2014 dissertation was a finalist for the International Literacy Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in Computers & Education, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Second Language Writing, Written Communication, Bilingual Research Journal, British Journal of Educational Technology, and Learning, Media, and Technology, among others. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.