Michael W. Smith, Ph.D.

Michael W. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Dean Graduate Programs and Faculty Development


Office of the Dean
Teaching & Learning

1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
237 Ritter Hall, College of Education 
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone/fax: (215) 204-2296

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago. Special Field: Curriculum and Instruction.
  • M.A.T. University of Chicago. Major Emphases: English and Education
  • B.A. University of Chicago. Major: English
Areas of Professional Interest

The learning and teaching of literature and composition, adolescents' in and out of school literacies, boys and school achievement.

Recent Scholarship
Wilhelm, J., & Smith, M. W. (2017). Diving deep into nonfiction: Transferable tools for reading any nonfiction text. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Smith, W. W., Appleman, D. & Wilhelm, J. (2014). Uncommon core: Where the authors of the standards go wrong about instruction--and how you can get it right. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Wilhelm, J.  & Smith, M. W.  (2014). Reading unbound:  Why kids need to read what they want—and why we should let them. New York:  Scholastic.

Smith, M. W., Wilhelm, J., Fredrickson, J.  (2012).  O, yeah?!: Putting argument to work both in school and out.  Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann. 

Wilhelm, J., Smith, M. W.,  & Fredrickson, J.  (2012).  Get it done!: Writing informational text to make things happen. Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann. 

Fredrickson, J., Wilhelm, J., & Smith, M. W.,  & (2012).  So, what's the story?: Narrative writing to understand ourselves, others, and the world. Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann. 

Smith, M. W. & Wilhelm, J.  (2010). Fresh takes on teaching literary elements: How to teach what really matters about character, setting, point of view, and theme. New York:  Scholastic.

Wilhelm, J., & Smith, M. W. (2009).  Boys and literacy:  Complexity and multiplicity. In. L. Christenbury, R. Bomer, & P. Smagorinsky (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent literacy research (360-371).  New York: Guilford Press.

Smith, M.W.  (2009). The issue of authorial surplus in narrative research.  Educational Researcher, 38, 603–607.

Smith, M. W. & Wilhelm, J.  (2007). Getting it right:  Fresh approaches to teaching grammar, usage, and correctness.  New York:  Scholastic.

Smith, M. W. & Wilhelm, J. (2006). Going with the flow: How to engage boys (and girls) in their literacy learning. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Refereed Article

Wilhelm. J. D., & Smith, M. W. (2016). The power of pleasure reading: What we can learn from the secret reading lives of teens. English Journal, 105(6), 25–30.

Wilhelm. J. D., & Smith, M. W. (2016). The power of pleasure reading: The case of dystopias. Middle School Journal, 23(4), 55-61.

Brooks, W., & Smith, M. W. (2013). Documenting instructional practices in a literacy-infused arts program: Respecting pedagogues from the community. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 57, 51- 59. 

Smith, M. W., Wilhelm, J., Fredrickson, J. (2012).The Common Core: New standards, new teaching. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(8), 45-48