Chad E. Smith, Ph.D.


Communication Sciences and Oral Health

Chad E. Smith, Ph.D.

MCL 833
Denton, TX 76204

Future Classroom Lab
Stoddard Hall 412



Dr. Smith is a Professor within the Education of the Deaf Program. He earned his master's in Deaf Studies and Habilitation from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. His doctorate is in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He spent a decade teaching K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Texas public schools. His teaching centers on ASL, differentiating communication in deaf education settings, Deaf Culture, and instructional methodologies. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses he coordinates the Texas Woman’s University Future Classroom Lab (TWUFCL) that he co-founded with colleague, Dr. Ludovic Sourdot. The TWUFCL serves TWU students as well as K-12 students who are (DHH) and the teachers who instruct them. Dr. Smith's areas of research centers primarily on teaching and learning methodologies of K-12 students who are DHH. His research includes deaf students' use of the Internet and technology, computational thinking with students who are deaf/hard of hearing, and 21st Century Learning in deaf education.


Ph.D., Computing Technology in Education, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
M.S., Deaf Studies/Habilitation, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
B.A., Spanish, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

Research Interests

Technology; Deaf Education; 21st Century Learning; Internet; Coding; Robotics; Teacher Training; Science;Technology; Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Latest Articles

Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students During COVID-19: What Parents Need to Know
The Hearing Journal (2020)
Karen Kritzer, Chad Smith

Creating a YouTube Channel to Equip Parents and Teachers of Students Who are Deaf
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (2020)
Chad Smith, Sarah Colton

Designing a Future Classroom Laboratory for Exploring the Science of Teaching and Learning
International Journal of Designs for Learning (2020)
Sarah Colton, Chad E Smith, Ludovic A. Sourdot

Diversity in Deafness: Assessing Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Psychology in the Schools (2019)
Chad Smith, Tamby Allman

Reading Between the Line: Accessing Information via YouTube's Autocaptioning
Online Learning Journal (2016)
Chad Smith, Samantha Crocker, Tamby Allman

Current Projects

Current research includes the completion of an internet-based, health literacy study of students who are DHH. Based on two previously published studies using the recognition of print-based health vocabulary, this research seeks to identify whether adolescents who are deaf/hard of hearing struggle with health literacy. Another project currently awaiting response from the National Science Foundation with two co-PIs from TWU's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is a response to the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) call for proposals. The $400,000 research and design project seeks to identify whether providing K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing changes the in-school and post-secondary STEM trajectories of those students. Finally, working with local teachers of the deaf and their students, Dr. Smith is evaluating students who are deaf/hard of hearing ability to learn to code and use robotics as well as discuss those experiences.

Externally Funded Projects

Texas Instruments Rover & Graphing Calculator for the Future Classroom Lab
Texas Instruments | $500.00 | 2017
Role: Grantee

Nureva Span Visual Collaboration System for the Future Classroom Lab
Nureva Inc | $10,000.00 | 2017
Role: Grantee

Preparation of Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Educators at the Master's Level for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities Year 4 of 5
GOV- Department of Education | 2017
Role: Co-Investigator

Diversity in Deaf Education Conference Year 1 of 1
The Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice | $25,000.00 | 2016
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Future Classroom Laboratory
Texas Woman's University Teaching & Research Grant for Equipment & Technology (TARGET) | $100,101.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of American Educators