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Tom Smith

Tom Smith

University Professor

of Special Education

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-3326

Fax: (479) 575-3119

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Tom Smith, University Professor of Special Education, served as dean of the College of Education and Health Professions for seven years from August 1, 2010 until June 30, 2017. He was formerly head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for five years (2002 - 2007).  Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas in 2002, Dr. Smith was Professor of Special Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1996 – 2002); Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1998 – 2000); Professor and Director of Research, University Affiliated Program, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1992 – 1996); Chairperson and Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) (1988 – 1992).  Prior to going to UAB, Dr. Smith was on the faculty at the University of Arkansas from 1978 – 1988.  Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. He served in the United States Army for four years, rising to the rank of Captain. 

Personal Information:

Tom is married to Debi, and has three children, Jake, Alex, and Suni.

 

Inclusion of students with disabilities and legal issues related to disabilities.

Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored 30 books; eight book chapters; and 35 journal articles. He has made more than 200 presentations at national, regional, and state professional meetings; and he has conducted workshops on Section 504 in over 40 states. He has also authored grants funded at more than $1 million. In 1992, President Clinton appointed him to the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation; he was re-appointed for two additional terms. Since 1994, Dr. Smith has served as the Executive Director of the Division on Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children, a national, professional organization with more than 6,000 members. 

Inclusion of Students with Disabilities
Disability Law
Intellectual Disabilities
Autism
Transition

Ed.D.,   Texas Tech University, Special Education, 1977
M.Ed.,   University of Mississippi, Special Education, 1970
B.S.E.,  University of Mississippi, Science Education, 1969

Books

  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2001).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (3rd ed.).  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon.  560 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R.,  Dowdy, C.A., & Heath, N.L.  (2001).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (Canadian Edition).  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon, 480 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C.  (2002).  The section 504 trainer’s manual.  Horsham, PA:  LRP Publications.  82 pages.
  • Polloway, E.A., Miller, L., & Smith, T.E.C., (2003).  Language instruction for students with disabilities (3rd Ed.).  Denver, Love Publishing.  532 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2004).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (4th Ed.).  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon.  570 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2004).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (Chinese Edition). Wu-Nan Book, Inc., 735 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2004).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings,  (Spanish Edition).  Bosques, Canada:  Pro-Ed LatinoAmerica, 479 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Gartin, B., Murdick, N., & Hilton, A., (2006.).  Families and children with special needs.  Columbus, OH:  Merrill/Prentice Hall, 268 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2006).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (revised IDEA edition).  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon, 600 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C. & Patton, J.R.  (2007).  Section 504 and Public Schools. (2nd Edition).  Austin, TX:  Pro-Ed.  106 pages. 
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2008).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (5th edition).  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon, 614 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., & Patton, J.R. (2008).  Section 504:  Software Manager.  Austin:  Pro-Ed Publishers.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Gartin, B., & Murdick, N.  (2012). Including adolescents with disabilities in general education classrooms.  Columbus, OH:  Pearson.  325 pages
  • Polloway, E.A., Miller, L., & Smith, T.E.C. (2012).  Language instruction for students with disabilities (4th Ed.).  Denver, Love Publishing. 514 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, E.A., Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2012).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings, (6th edition).  Columbus, OH:  Pearson, 582 pages.
  • Smith, T.E.C., Polloway, Patton, J.R., & Dowdy, C.A. (2016).  Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings (7th edition).  Columbus, OH:  Pearson. 
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2016).  Serving students with special needs:  A practical guide for administrators.  New York:  Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Patton, J.R., Polloway, E.A., & Smith, T.E.C. (2000).  Educating students with mild mental retardation.  In M. L. Wehmeyer & J.R. Patton (Eds.).  Mental retardation in the 21st century.  Austin, TX:  Pro-Ed.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2005).  Section 504.  In S.W. Lee (Ed.).  Encyclopedia of school psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications. 
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2006).  Legal issues.  In M.C. Holbrook (Ed.).  Children with visual impairments. (2nd ed.).  Bethesda, MD:  Woodbine House.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2008).  Developmental disabilities:  Definition, description, and directions. and parameters. (pp. 59-74)  In P. Parette and G.R. Peterson-Karlan (Eds.).  Best and Promising Practices in Developmental Disabilities.  2nd Ed. Austin:  Pro-Ed Publishing.
  • White, M.L., Smith, J.D., Smith, T.E.C., & Stodden, R. (2012).  Historical, legislative, and current perspectives.  In D. Zager, M.L. Wehmeyer, & R.L. Simpson (Eds.). Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Educating Students with Autism.  New York:  Routledge Publishers. (p. 3 – 13)
  • Wehmeyer, M., & Smith, T.E.C. (2012). Promoting self-determination and social interaction.  In D. Zager, M.L. Wehmeyer, & R.L. Simpson (Eds.). Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Educating Students with Autism. New York:  Routledge Publishers. (p 247 – 261)

Journal Articles

  • Patton, J.R., Polloway, E.A., & Smith, T.E.C. (2000).  Educating students with mild mental retardation.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 15, 80-89.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2001).  Section 504 and the ADA:  What schools need to know.  Remedial and Special Education, 21, 335-343.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2002).  Section 504:  Basic Requirements for Schools.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 37, 2-6.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2002).  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):  A time for some important changes.  Principal Leadership, 2, 6-9.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2005).  Assessment and individuals with mental retardation.  Diagnostique, 30, 1-3.
  • Smith, T.E.C. (2005).  IDEA 2004:  Another round of re-authorization.  Remedial and Special Education, 26, 314 – 319.
  • Truelove, J., Holaway-Johnson, C., Leslie, K., & Smith, T. (2007).  Tips for including elementary students with disabilities in math classes.  Teaching Children Mathematics, 13(6), 336-340.
  • Penner-Williams, J., Smith, T.E.C., & Gartin, B.A.  (2009).  Assessment of written expression.  Assessment and Intervention in Education, 34, 162 – 169
  • Wehmeyer, M.L., Shogren, K.A., Zager, D., Smith, T.E.C., & Simpson, R. (2010).  Research-based principles and practices for educating students with autism:  Self-determination and social interactions.  Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 45, 475 – 486.

Presentations

  • Poverty and Educational Issues.  Presented at the Conference on Poverty and Disability, New York, New York, February, 2000.
  • Section 504 and Public Schools:  Best Practices.  Presented at the 78th International Conference, Council for Exceptional Children, Vancouver, April, 2000.
  • Students with Learning Disabilities and Their Rights Under Section 504 and the ADA.  Presented at the 22nd International Conference, Council on Learning Disabilities, Austin, Texas, October 2000.
  • IDEA and Section 504:  Common Sense Approaches for Schools.  Invited luncheon presentation, National Conference, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  Phoenix, April, 2001.
  • Determining Eligibility for Students with Learning Disabilities for Section 504 Protections.  Presented at the Northwest Regional CLD Conference, Seattle, April 2001.
  • Making Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Under Section 504.  Presented at the 23rd International Conference, Council on Learning Disabilities, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2001.
  • Legislative Update for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Presented at the Regional CLD Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia, March, 2002.
  • Avoiding Section 504 Booby Traps.  Presented at the 23rd  LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, Tampa, Florida, May, 2002.
  • Writing Accommodation Plans for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Presented at the 24th International Conference, Council on Learning Disabilities, Denver, October, 2002.
  • What are the New Disabilities in Special Education.  Presented at the 24th   LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, San Francisco, May, 2003.
  • What Principals Need to Know about Students with Disabilities.  Presented at the 8th International DDD Conference, Las Vegas, October, 2004.
  • Section 504 and Learning Disabilities:  Continuing Questions.  Accepted for presentation at the 27th International Conference, Council on Learning Disabilities, Ft. Lauderdale, October 2005.
  • Future Directions for Special Education.  Keynote presentation.  Florida CEC Conference.  Ft. Lauderdale, FL., October 2007.
  • Including Students with Developmental Disabilities in Elementary Schools.  51st Annual Provincial Conference, Ontario CEC.  Niagara Falls, Ontario.  November, 2007.
  • Teaching Social Skills and Self-Determination Skills to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  Presented at the 84th International Conference, Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, April, 2009.
  • Linking Social Skills and Self-Determination Skills Instruction.  Presented at the 12th international conference, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.  Maui, Hawaii, January, 2010.
  • Section 504 and the ADA:  Implications for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Presented at the 13th international conference, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Miami, January 2012.

Tom Smith was named dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, effective March 1, 2010. He was formerly head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, retiring June 30, 2007, from that position and returning to the faculty as Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Health Professions. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas in 2002, Dr. Smith was Professor of Special Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1996 – 2002); Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1998 – 2000); Professor and Director of Research, University Affiliated Program, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1992 – 1996); Chairperson and Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) (1988 – 1992).  Prior to going to UAB, Dr. Smith was on the faculty at the University of Arkansas from 1978 – 1988.  Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. He served in the United States Army for four years, rising to the rank of Captain. 

As dean, Dr. Smith is responsible for leading the college’s faculty, administrators and staff to meet its mission of excellence in teaching, research and service; increased diversity and growth in students, faculty and staff; and expanded financial support. The college has more than 100 full and part-time faculty who teach in five academic departments.  Currently, the college serves more than 2,200 undergraduate students and 920 graduate students. The college has an endowment of approximately $34 million. Dr. Smith will continue to move the college in the direction established by his predecessor, Dean Reed Greenwood.