Dr. Derrick W. Smith

Associate Dean and Associate Professor CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION


Dr. Derrick W. Smith Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctorate of Education (Ed.D), Special Education, Texas Tech University, 2008
  • Certified, Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Texas Tech University, 2007
  • Certification, Educational Leadership, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005

Classes Taught


  • 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)


  • Smith, D.W. (under review). Mathematics. In Cay Holbrook, Tessa Wright, Cheryl 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.M., & Smith, D.W. (under review). Assistive technology. In Sharon Sacks and Mary Zatta (Eds.), Program Essentials for Students who Have Visual Impairments and Additional 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 Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University, Lubbock.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.