Assistant Professor

Sedef Uzuner Smith
Online Preparation Program for ESL Certification
College of Education
Lamar University
P.O. Box 10034
Beaumont, TX 77710
Phone Number: 409-880-7723
Fax: 409-880-2263
Office Hours: M, W, Th: 11:00 – 3:00



I joined Lamar University’s Counseling and Special Populations Department in August 2012. Currently, I am teaching graduate-level courses in the Online Preparation Program for ESL (English as a Second Language) Certification. My previous experience includes teaching ESL to international and immigrant students in university and adult education contexts as well as teaching graduate-level teacher candidates in TESOL teacher education programs in the U.S. I also taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language) to undergraduate students and children in Turkey.
Before joining Lamar, I was an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Literacy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I worked with a broad range of students, from freshman to graduate students. I earned my master’s degree in TESOL at Temple University, studying with Aneta Pavlenko, Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, and Jill Swavely, and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at SUNY Albany, working with Jane Agee, Arthur Applebee, and Peter Shea. The multidisciplinary coursework I took in my doctorate studies enabled me to specialize in two areas: Language and Literacies and Instructional Technology. One line of my research explores, from a sociocultural perspective, teaching and learning in online and blended environments. Also from a sociocultural perspective, another line of my research examines second language academic literacy, particularly as it pertains to writing for publication by multilingual scholars. I have presented and published widely on these topics.


• Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany (Curriculum and Instruction)
• M.S. Ed., Temple University (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
• B.A., Middle East Technical University (Foreign Language Education)

Key Professional Appointments

  • Committee Member, The U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee, The Institute of International Education (IIE), 2014 (Appointed)
  • Steering Committee Member, Second Language Writing Interest Section, TESOL International Association, 2012 to Present (Elected)
  • Committee Member, Graduate Student Award Committee, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), 2014 to Present (Appointed)

Activities and Honors

• The President’s Award for Leadership “In recognition of extraordinary leadership, service, and commitment to the university,” State University of New York at Albany, 2010
• Dissertation Fellowship Award, State University of New York at Albany, 2010
• The Mauritz Johnson Scholarship “In recognition of academic promise and commitment to education,” State University of New York at Albany, 2009
• The Outstanding Instructor Award, Temple University, Spring & Fall 2004


  • Faculty eCommons Research Grant Program, Academic Partnerships ($4,950), 2014 For the project titled, "SMART Feedback application: The much needed tool for revolutionizing the assessment of students' online discussion participation.” Principal investigator. Co-investigators: RJ Davis & Carl Sheperis of Lamar University.
  • Faculty eCommons Research Grant Program, Academic Partnerships ($ 10.000), 2013 For the project titled, “Influencing student self-regulation in online learning: Developing a model of instructor planned feedback.” Co-investigators: RJ Davis & Carl Sheperis.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Uzuner Smith, S., & Mehta, R. (2013). The educational value of student talk in online discussions. In C. Meskill (Ed.), Online teaching and learning: Sociocultural perspectives. (pp. 119-135) New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing. 


Uzuner Smith, S. (2014). Frameworks shaping an online professional development program for K–12 teachers of ELLs: Toward supporting the sharing of ideas for empowering classroom teachers online. TESOL Journal, 5, 444–464.

Shea, P., Hayes, S., Uzuner Smith, S., Gozza-Cohen, M., Vickers, J., & Bidjerano, T. (2014). Reconceptualizing the Community of Inquiry framework: An exploratory analysis. The Internet and Higher Education, 23, 9-17.

Uzuner-Smith, S., & Englander, K. (2014). Exposing ideology within university policies: A critical discourse analysis of faculty hiring, promotion and remuneration practices. Journal of Education Policy. 

Shea, P., Hayes, S., Uzuner Smith, S., Vickers, J., Bidjerano, T., Gozza-Cohen, M., Jian, S., Pickett, A., Wilde, J., & Tseng, C. (2013). Online learner self-regulation: Learning presence viewed through quantitative content- and social network analysis. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14(3), 427-461.

Englander, K., & Uzuner Smith S. (2013). The role of policy in constructing the peripheral scientist in the era of globalization. Language Policy, 12(3), 231-250.

Shea, P., Hayes, S., Uzuner, S., Vickers, J., Bijerano, T., Pickett, A., Gozza-Cohen, M., Wilde, J., & Jian, S. (2012). Learning presence: Additional research on a new conceptual element within the community of inquiry (CoI) framework. The Internet and Higher Education, 15(2), 89-95.

Agee, J., & Uzuner Smith, S. (2011). Online discussions in a doctoral research methods course: “Like a text by many authors.” Studies in Continuing Education, 33(3), 301-319.

Shea. P., Gozza-Cohen, M., Uzuner, S., Mehta, R., Valchova, A. Hayes, S., Vickers, J. (2011). The community of inquiry framework meets the SOLO taxonomy: A process-product model of online learning. Educational Media International, 48(2), 101-113.

Shea. P., Hayes, S., Vickers, J., Gozza-Cohen, M., Uzuner, S., Mehta, R., Valchova, A., & Prahalad, R. (2010). A re-examination of the community of inquiry framework: social network and content analysis. The Internet and Higher Education, 13 (1/2), 10-21.

Uzuner, S. (2009). Questions of culture in distance learning: A research review. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(3), 1-19.

Uzuner, S. (2008). Multilingual scholars’ participation in core/global academic communities: A literature review. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 7, 250 -263.

Uzuner, S. (2007). Educationally valuable talk: A new concept for determining the quality of online conversations. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3(4), 400 – 410.