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Samuel H Smith Jr

Professor, Modern Languages
Last Updated: February 28, 2020
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Research Interests

Research Interests
His research focuses natural language processing and natural language understanding, machine translation, computed culture, and “big data” in education.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Dr. Smith also oversees and teaches foundational courses in UTA’s Localization and Translation certificate program and minor, offered to students of eight languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) as an introduction to localization and the translation industry.

Biography

Biography

Dr. Pete Smith is Chief Analytics Officer at the University of Texas Arlington, where he founded and oversees the office of University Analytics, and co-founded the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab, a learning analytics research laboratory. He is a Professor of Modern Languages, and he previously served for 18 years as Assistant and later Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, as well as Vice Provost for Digital Teaching and Learning.

Education

Education

    • 1992 PhD in Foreign Language Education
      University of Texas at Austin, 1992
    • 1988 MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures
      University of Texas at Austin, 1988
    • 1985 BS in Russian Technical Translation
      Pennsylvania State University, 1985
    • 1983 BA in General Arts and Sciences
      Pennsylvania State University, 1983

Appointments

Appointments

    • 2018 to Present Professor
      Modern Languages, University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2016 to Present Chief Analytics Officer
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2015 to Present Professor
      University Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2012 to 2015 Vice Provost
      University Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1997 to 2015 Specialist (Russian, German, Technology in Teaching, Localization, Translation
      Department of Modern Lanugages, University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2004 to 2012 Curriculum Designer/Examiner, Director (Russian)
      Virtual Language Studies, Drake University
    • 2000 to 2012 Assistant/Associate Vice President
      Academic Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1992 to 1997 Director
      Language Acquisition Center, University of Texas at Arlington

Memberships

    • Jan 2017 to Present International Institute of Analytics
      Leading professional organization for chief analytics officers and analytics leaders.
    • Jan 2013 to Present Translation Automation User Society
      International professional organization for translation automation and machine translation.

Awards and Honors

    • Sep  2018 CoLA Outstanding Teaching Award sponsored by College of Liberal Arts, UTA

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Aug 2015 to Dec 2015 Teacher Quality Grant Program Evaluation and Research sponsored by  - $50000
      Samuel Smith (Funded)
    • Sept 2013 to Dec 2013 Conference Support: MOOCS and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice and Learning (30) sponsored by  - $97200
      Samuel Smith (Funded)

Publications

      2018
      • Book
        The community of inquiry framework in contemporary education: emerging research and opportunities
        [Semingson, Smith, SamuelH, Anderson]. Hershey, PA: "IGI Global, Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global)".
      2016
      • Book Chapter
        "I'm Not Simply Dealing with Some Heartless Computer": Videoconferencing as Personalized Online Learning in a Graduate Literacy Course
        Handbook of research on strategic management of interaction, presence, and participation in online courses
        [Smith, SamuelH, Semingson, P.L.]. 160-184. "IGI Global".
      2013
      • Book Chapter
        Integrative Language and Culture Learning: Connecting Formal and Non-Formal Learning in Virtual Language Studies
        Cases on Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments: Opportunities and Practices
        [Smith, SamuelH, Marston, J., Yang, H., Wang, S.]. 185-199. Hershey, PA: "Information Science Reference". DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-1930-2.ch010
      • Book Chapter
        Structuring One-on-One Videoconferencing to Engage and Deepen Digital Mentoring and Reflection
        Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013
        [Smith, SamuelH, Semingson, P.]. 1022-1027. Chesapeake, VA: "AACE".
      2010
      • Book Chapter
        When Virtual Communities Click: Transforming Teacher Practice, Transforming Teachers
        Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in E-Learning: Issues and Trends
        [Smith, SamuelH, Hirtle, J., Yang, H.H., Yuen, S.C.]. 182-196. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-788-1.ch011
      2008
      • Journal Article
        "Positioning Online Learning as a Strategic Asset in the Thinking of University Presidents and Chancellors"
        [Smith, SamuelH, Smith, S.H.]. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks. 12(2), 91-100.
      • Journal Article
        Creating Virtual Communities of Professional Practice
        Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008
        [Smith, SamuelH, Hirtle, J., Quintans-Bence, J., McFerrin, K.]. 3164-3169. Chesapeake, VA: "AACE".

Presentations

    • September  2019
      Smith, SamuelH, "Academia-Industry Relations", Translation Automation User Society (TAUS), Salt Lake City, UT. (September 1, 2019).
    • March  2019
      Smith, SamuelH, "Developing an Analytics Culture", University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA. (March 1, 2019).
    • March  2015
      Smith, SamuelH, Semingson, P., Shestakov, K., Liro, J., Marston, J., "Global Connections: Designing English-Language Lessons via Synchronous Sessions and Blogging", Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). (March , 2015).
    •  2013
      Smith, SamuelH, Semingson, P., "Structuring One-on-One Videoconferencing to Engage and Deepen Digital Mentoring and Reflection", AACE, Chesapeake, VA. ( , 2013).
    • March  2013
      Smith, SamuelH, ""Tuesdays with Omsk: Telementoring and Telecollaboration in Culture Learning"", Dallas, TX. (March , 2013).
    • April  2011
      Smith, SamuelH, Shestakov, Konstantin, ""Fences and Fatalism: Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence in a Digital Age", University of Hawaii (Virtual Conference). (April , 2011).
    •  2008
      Smith, SamuelH, Hirtle, J., Quintans-Bence, J., "Creating Virtual Communities of Professional Practice", AACE, Chesapeake, VA. ( , 2008).
    • February  2007
      Smith, SamuelH, ""The New Face of Literacy in the 21st Century"", Bluebonnet Writing Project, UTA, Arlington, TX. (February , 2007).
    • June  2005
      Smith, SamuelH, ""Got Global? Teaching Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation at UTA"", University of Texas System, Austin, TX. (June , 2005).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Sophie Soueid, (Modern Languages)
    • May 2018
      Kalen Goss, (Linguistics and Tesol)
      Improving Automatic Text Summarization for Low- and Moderate-Resource, Morphologically Complex Languages
    • May 2015
      Shane Sloan, (Linguistics and Tesol)
      A PFENNIG SAVED: THE COMPLEXITY BEHIND THE ABOVE AVERAGE SELF-PERCIEVED SAVING BEHAVIOR OF GERMANS

Courses

      • ARAB 3311-001 ARABIC LOCALIZATION & TRANS II
        (Course Id: 111845)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • GERM 4335-001 BUSINESS GERMAN
        (Course Id: 104763)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • KORE 4335-001 BUSINESS KOREAN
        (Course Id: 113068)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • RUSS 4335-001 BUSINESS RUSSIAN
        (Course Id: 104868)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CHIN 3311-001 CHIN LOCALIZATION & TRANS II
        (Course Id: 111847)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • KORE 3311-001 KOREAN LOCALIZATION & TRAN II
        (Course Id: 111856)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • FREN 3321-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION II
        (Course Id: 111302)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • GERM 3311-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION II
        (Course Id: 110379)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • RUSS 3311-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION II
        (Course Id: 104848)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SPAN 3321-001 SPAN LOCALIZATION & TRANS II
        (Course Id: 113000)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ARAB 3310-001 ARABIC LOCALIZATION & TRANSLAT
        (Course Id: 111844)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CHIN 3310-001 CHINESE LOCALIZATION & TRANS
        (Course Id: 111846)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • MODL 4391-001 INDEPENDENT STUDY
        (Course Id: 110952)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • KORE 3310-001 KOREAN LOCALIZATION & TRANSLA
        (Course Id: 111855)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • GERM 3310-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION I
        (Course Id: 111174)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • RUSS 3310-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION I
        (Course Id: 111175)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SPAN 3310-001 SPAN LOCALIZATION AND TRANS
        (Course Id: 112999)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • GERM 4334-001 THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS
        (Course Id: 104762)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • KORE 4334-001 THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS
        (Course Id: 113216)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • RUSS 4334-001 THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS
        (Course Id: 104867)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ARAB 3311-001 ARABIC LOCALIZATION & TRANS II
        (Course Id: 111845)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • GERM 4335-001 BUSINESS GERMAN
        (Course Id: 104763)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • RUSS 4335-001 BUSINESS RUSSIAN
        (Course Id: 104868)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CHIN 3311-001 CHIN LOCALIZATION & TRANS II
        (Course Id: 111847)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • KORE 3311-001 KOREAN LOCALIZATION & TRAN II
        (Course Id: 111856)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • GERM 3311-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION II
        (Course Id: 110379)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • RUSS 3311-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION II
        (Course Id: 104848)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SPAN 3321-001 SPAN LOCALIZATION & TRANS II
        (Course Id: 113000)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ARAB 3310-001 ARABIC LOCALIZATION & TRANSLAT
        (Course Id: 111844)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • CHIN 3310-001 CHINESE LOCALIZATION & TRANS
        (Course Id: 111846)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • KORE 3310-001 KOREAN LOCALIZATION & TRANSLA
        (Course Id: 111855)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • GERM 3310-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION I
        (Course Id: 111174)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • RUSS 3310-001 LOCALIZATION & TRANSLATION I
        (Course Id: 111175)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SPAN 3310-001 SPAN LOCALIZATION AND TRANS
        (Course Id: 112999)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • GERM 4334-001 THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS
        (Course Id: 104762)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • RUSS 4334-001 THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS
        (Course Id: 104867)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018

Service to the University

    • Sept 2019 to  Present Committee Member
      Search Committee, Asst. Professor, Spanish,  Department of Modern Languages
    • Sept 2019 to  Present Committee Member
      Tenure and Promotion Committee
    • Oct 2018 to  Present Committee Member
      Scholarship Committee
      Dept. Scholarship Committee, reading and ranking candidate dossiers.
    • Jan 2018 to  Present Committee Member
      Chair's Advisory Committee
      Advise and support department chair on issues related to departmental operations.
    • 2006 to  Present Founded and lead certificate and later academic minor
      "Localization and Translation," University of Texas at Arlington
      (18 credit, enrolling majors/minors in seven languages)
    • 2004 to  Present Committee Member
      Fulbright Campus Selection Committee
    • Jan 2019 to  June 2019 Committee Member
      AVP Search Committee, Academic Affairs
      Selection and hiring of a new AVP for Academic Affairs.
    • Oct 2016 to  Aug 2018 Committee Member
      Campus Task Force on Diversity
    • Past to  Dec 2016 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Vice President for Enrollment Management
    • Feb 2016 to  May 2016 Committee Chair
      Search Committee, Dean, College of Education
    • Past to  May 2016 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Asst. Professor, French,  Department of Modern Languages
    • Past to  Jan 2016 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Vice President for Communications
    • Past to  May 2015 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Dean, College of Liberal Arts
    • Past to  May 2015 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Asst. Professor, Spanish,  Department of Modern Languages
    • Past to  May 2013 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Asst. Professor, Spanish,  Department of Modern Languages

Service to the Profession

    • Sept 2018 to  Present
      Committee Member (Seattle, Washington, United States)
      Student Scholarship Committee, GALA (International Localization Association)
      Review portfolios from outstanding GALA student members to award financial support for participation in the annual international conference.
    • 2006 to  2018
      Technical/Evaluation Advisor
      Teacher Quality Grants Program (Title IIA), Science and Math Education via Advanced Technonlogy
    • 2007 to  2010
      Committee Member
      NASULGC-Sloan National Commission on Online Learning
    • 2007 to  2010
      Program Officer
      Network for Effective Language Learning, Keck Foundation and Council of Independent Colleges, in cooperation with Drake University
    • 1996 to  1999
      Editor-in-Chief
      IALL Journal, scholarly journal of the International Association of Learning Laboratories