David is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Deafness at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. He joined the faculty in August of 2011. Prior to this he was faculty and director of the Deaf Education program at Fresno State. Smith also has been involved in a career as an educator of deaf and hard of hearing children that spans over more than 20 years in a variety of settings and age groups. He earned his PhD in Special Education from the University of Nebraska in 2003. He brings his experience as a Deaf individual, program leader, and grant writer to the Center on Deafness with great enthusiasm.
Smith has taught coursework in a variety of deaf education topics including Curriculum and Content Methods, Language Development, Parent Education, Assessment, American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and Deaf Literature. He has expertise in developing courses for online instruction.
Smith’s research interests are mostly classroom-related in the areas of teacher expectations on the performance of deaf children, American Sign Language use in classrooms by teachers of the deaf, and cultural practices of Deaf adults in the education of deaf children, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education, and the evaluation of American Sign Language skills using Curriculum Based Measurement.