Amy C. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Amy C. Smith was born in northern England and raised in Liberia, Tanzania and upstate New York. After attending Smith College and SUNY Binghamton, she taught at Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, and The Watson School of Engineering (SUNY Binghamton) before becoming Assistant Professor of English at Lamar University in 2009. Here, she enjoys gardening (year-round!), baking sourdough bread, reading and spending time with friends and family.


Office: Maes 37
Phone: (409) 880-8563

Courses Taught

Online and in-person, undergraduate and graduate courses in English, including British literature, World literature, composition and rhetoric, with a special focus on mythology and modern literature. Dr. Smith also teaches ethics, philosophy, and ad hoc honors courses.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of English, Lamar University. 2015-present
Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Enhancement. Lamar University. 2017-2020
Assistant Professor of English. Lamar University. 2009-2015.
Associate Director, Support & Mentoring to Advance Research & Teaching. Lamar University. 2014-2016
Associate Director, Quality Enhancement Plan. Lamar University. 2013-2014


Organizer, 31st Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference (2022)
Co-founder, The Woolf Salon Project (2020-present)
Associate Director, SMART New Faculty Mentoring Program (2014-2016)
Co-editor, Lamar Journal of the Humanities (2014-2021)
Co-advisor, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Lamar University chapter (2017-present)

Research and Publications

Virginia Woolf’s Mythic Method (OSU Press, 2022)
The Good Family. By Seo Hajin. A collection of short stories. Co-trans. Ally Hwang. (Dalkey Archive Press, 2015)
Journal articles about Ralph Ellison, Iris Murdoch, Virginia Woolf, and other authors, as well as about teaching.

Awards and Honors

Summer Research Award, A&S, Lamar University. (2021)
Don & Diane Shaver Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Teaching, Lamar University. (2015-2021)
Faculty Development Leave, Lamar University. (2012, 2019)
Certificate in Effective Teaching Practices, ACUE. (2018)
Japan Studies Institute Faculty Development Fellowship. (2016)
Phi Kappa Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. (2014)
University Merit Award, Lamar University. (2013)