Zachary Smith

Zachary Smith
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant

Contact Info


Zachary Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric & Composition at the University of Kansas. He is originally from South Elgin, Illinois and received his B.A. in English from the University of Alabama. His research, which draws on scholarship from rhetoric and composition, technical and professional communication, and cultural geography, focuses primarily on geographic and spatial rhetorics, place-based composition, community-engaged pedagogy, and materialism. Some of his other interests include representations of place in popular culture, ecocomposition, professionalization, Southern Gothic Literature, and strategies for facilitating engagement in writing centers and first-year composition programs.


Zachary is currently working on his dissertation, which explores how various stakeholder institutions construct place through technical documents to reflect diverse, multifunctional purposes. Through an examination of self-guided tours of Lawrence that foregrounds accessible and ethical representations of place and community, he hopes to support further engagement with embodied, emplaced technical genres in composition classrooms.


B.A. in English (Minors in Interdisciplinary Linguistics; Creative Writing), University of Alabama


English 101: Composition; English 102: Critical Reading and Writing (Composing Communities: Literacies of Lawrence); English 203: Professional Communication; English 362 Technical Writing

Selected Publications

“A Writing Center Love Letter,” Student Writing Tutors in Their Own Words, Routledge, June 2022.

Selected Presentations

“Digital Archiving in the Composition Classroom: Omeka and Literacies of Lawrence,” KU Center for Teaching Excellence, Lawrence, KS, April 2024.

“Literacies of Lawrence: Composing Communities,” Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC), Chicago, IL, February 2023

“Revisiting the Doorway: Spatial Orientations of Justice in Alabama Higher Education,” College English Association (CEA), Birmingham, AL, March 2022

“Belonging in Academia: A Pedagogical Approach to World Englishes,” Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC), Virtual, March 2022

“Navigating Anxiety in Writing Center Communities During the Pandemic,” International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), Virtual, October 2021

“Spotted! Problematic Tendencies in Gossip Girl and Potential Resolutions,” Midwestern Pop Culture Association (MPCA), Minneapolis, MN, October 2021

Awards & Honors

Stephen F. Evans Award (2024)

Outstanding Instructor Award (2024)

Selden Lincoln Whitcomb Fellowship (2024)

Outstanding Instructor Award (2023)

Selden Lincoln Whitcomb Fellowship (2022)

Frank Cosby Memorial Scholarship (2019)

Russell Memorial Scholarship (2018)


Grants & Other Funded Activity

Lauer Award (2024)

Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities Digital Jumpstart (2022)

Applied Humanities Boot Camp (2021)

GTA Flex and Online Teaching Program (2020)