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Delphia Smith, PhD (She/Her)

Assistant Professor

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • School of Education


Delphia S. Smith is an assistant professor of reading/literacy education. She holds an appointment in the Howard University School of Education. Before entering the academy, Dr. Smith served as an elementary educator for over 11 years in the United States and her home country, the Bahamas. Her research focus includes Early Reading/ Early Literacy, Reading and Writing as reciprocal processes, Summer Setback/Summer Reading Loss, Educational equity/reform, Teacher education, and Text Complexity and Complex Text. A lover of reading and writing, Dr. Smith has coauthored several children’s books that focus on areas such as race, diversity, and the importance of hard work and dedication.  


Education & Expertise


Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Master of Science in Reading Education

Florida International University

Bachelor of Education in Primary Education

University of the Bahamas formerly College of the Bahamas

Related Articles

Recent Publications

Smith, D. (2023). COVID-19, educational disparities (achievement gap vs. opportunity gap), and the implications for minority students. In T. Flowers (Ed), the Foundations of Urban Education: Key Issues. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Pittman, A., Kelly, D., Smith, D. & Smith, D. (2022). Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Decolonizing the Curriculum and Promoting Educational Equity. In I. Toldson (Ed), Black College Leadership in PK-12 Education. Brill.

Wiggan, G., Smith, D. & Watson-Vandiver, M. (2020). The National Teacher Shortage, Urban Education and the Cognitive Sociology of Labor. The Urban Review, 43-75.