Dr. Derrick W. Smith

Associate Dean & Professor, Curriculum & Instruction


301 Sparkman Drive
Roberts Hall
Room 322
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctorate of Education (Ed.D), Special Education, Texas Tech University, 2008
  • Certified, Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Texas Tech University, 2007
  • Educational Leadership Certification, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005.
  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Special Education (Collaborative Teaching/Visual Impairments), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mathematics, Faulkner University, 2000.
  • Associate of Science (A.S.), Faulkner University, Montgomery, 2000.

Honors & Awards

  • Alumni of the Year, Faulkner University, 2013.
  • Alumni of the Year, Department of Special Education, Leadership, Technology, and Foundations, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008
  • National Dissertation of the Year, Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairments, 2008
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year, Texas Tech University College of Education, 2007
  • National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairments (NCLVI) Fellowship, $20,720 plus tuition/year, 2005-present.
  • Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship, Texas Tech University, $10,550/year, 2005-present.
  • Virginia Sowell Student of the Year Award, Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairments, 2003
  • Alabama AER/UAB Student Membership Award, 2001


  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • CEC Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness (DVIDB)
  • CEC Technology and Media Division (TAM)
  • Alabama Federation Council for Exceptional Children
  • Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired and Blind (AER)
  • National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for Education, Nu Sigma Chapter
  • Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Recent Publications

  • Smith, D.W. (2017). Mathematics. In C. Holbrook, T. Wright, C. Kamei-Hannan (Eds.), Foundations of education (3rd ed.): Volume II: Instructional strategies for teaching children and youths with visual impairments. New York: AFB Press.

  • Kelly, S. & Smith, D.W. (2016). Assistive technology. In S.Z. Sacks & M.C. Zatta (Eds.), Keys to educational success: Teaching students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.New York.AFB Press.

  • Smith, D.W., & Kelly, S. (2014). Assistive technology for students with visual impairments: A research agenda (pp. 23-53). In Debra Hatton (Vol. Ed.), Current Issues in the Education of Students with Visual Impairments. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Burlington: Academic Press.

  • Smith, D.W. (2009). They say, Let us educate your children. In Tommy Hicks (Ed.), Philosophy and Vain Deceit (pp. 51-65). Lubbock, TX: Hicks Publications.

  • Smith, D.W. (2008). Assistive technology competencies for teachers of students with visual impairments: A Delphi study. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

  • Griffin-Shirley, N., Grimmett, E.S., & Smith, D.W. (2008). Using strength-based planning for transitioning students with visual impairment. In Nora Griffin-Shirley, Roseanna Davidson, Michael Shaughnessy, Effie Laman, & DeAnn Lechtenberger (Eds.), Strength-based planning for transitioning students with sensory impairments. New York: Nova Publications.

  • Smith, D.W., Summers, E., & Brauner, D. (in preparation). Comparing tactile graphicacy using traditional tactile graphics versus augmented tactile overlays with iOS devices.

  • Smith, D.W., & Kelly, S. (under review). Assistive technology research update: A synthesis of the research on assistive technologies from 2013 to 2019. Journal of Visual Impairments & Blindness.

  • Guzman-Orth, D., Supalo, C., Smith, D.W., Okhee, L., & King, T. (accepted). Equitable STEM Instruction and Assessment: Accessibility and Fairness Considerations for Special Populations. ETS Research Report Series.

  • Smith, D.W., Lampley, S.A., Dolan, B., Williams, G., Schleppenbach, D., & Blair, M. (2020). Effect of 3D manipulatives students with visual impairments who are learning chemistry constructs: A pilot study. Journal of Visual Impairments & Blindness, 114(5), 370-381.