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Dr. Kara Smith

Dr. Kara Smith

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Phone(519) 352-1555
Office: Main Office, Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building

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Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research, Ph.D. Stirling, OCT, GTCS

B.A. (Waterloo), B.Comm.(Windsor); B.Ed., M.Ed. (Western Ontario)

Associate Researcher with Lews Castle College, The University of Highlands and Islands

  • Member of: The Ontario Principals' Council; The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC); and the Supervisory Officers' Program of Ontario
  • Impact Study of Microsoft STEM school, Bertha Park High School, Perth and Kinross Council (2019-2022).
  • Past Editor of The Journal of Teaching and Learning External Link
  • Book Reviews' Editor for The Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l'éducation External Link 
  • Canadian Children's Book Reviews' Editor for the National Reading Campaign External Link
  • $60,000 Scholastic research grant for Read 180, literacy intervention at Forster Secondary School in West Windsor (with Geri Salinitri) (2011-2013).
  • Development of an international practice teaching placement (in Scotland) for pre-service English teachers.
  • Writer-in-Residence, Municipality of Chatham-Kent and La Roche D'Hys Arts Centre, France.

Research Interests Icon Research Interests

  • Multidisciplinary English curriculum
  • Multilingualism and comparative education

Courses Taught Icon Courses Taught

  • 05-80-669 Research Proposal Colloquium
  • 05-8300 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (Online)
  • 05-80-602 Ph.D. Core Seminar, Qualitative and Narrative Methodologies

Publications Icon Publications

Smith, K. (2017). The Artists of Crow County. Windsor: Black Moss Press. (Shortlisted for the Walrus Poetry Prize.)

Cobb, C., C. Greig & K. Smith. (2016). Next to the Ice: Exploring the culture and community of hockey in Canada. Oakville: Mosaic Press.

Smith, K. (2016). Developing a Multi-literate Child. In Pamela R. Cook's, Guide to Early Childhood Education: Development-Design-Diversity.  Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd.

Smith, K. (Ed.)(2010). ConnectED External Link. Windsor: Faculty of Education, University of Windsor.

Smith, K. & Bèlanger, P. (2009).  French for English parents:  Fast-track language.  Toronto:  Livre Press.

Smith, K. (Ed.)(2007). Teaching, Learning, Assessing External LinkOakville: Mosaic Press.

Smith, K. & McMillan, C. (2006).  Language musics.  Canadian Music Educator/Musicien Educateur au Canada, 48(2):  28-33.

Pecaski McLennan, D. & Smith, K. (2006).  Promoting positive behaviours using sociodrama.  Journal of Teaching and Learning, 4(2):  47-55.

Smith, K. (2000).  Gaelic language maintenance constructs.  Journal of Celtic Language Learning, 5(1):  34-61.

Education Icon Education

Ph.D. - Stirling University (U.K.)
B.Ed., M.Ed. - University of Western Ontario
B.Comm. - University of Windsor
B.A. - University of Waterloo


Cook, Pamela, Ph.D. (2010).  A comparative description of primary education in Belize, Central America.  University of Windsor.

Karas, Gabriela, M.Ed.  (2003).  Multiple meanings of literacy:  a review of international and comparative literature pertaining to the definition of literacy.  University of Windsor.

Lin, Yi, Ph.D. (2009). Investigating role play implementation: a multiple case study on Chinese EFL teachers using role play in their secondary classrooms in China.  University of Windsor.

Pecaski McLennan, Deanna, Ph.D.  (2007).  Kinder-caring: exploring the use and effects of sociodrama in a kindergarten classroom.  University of Windsor