Jeffrey Alan Smith, M.A., Ph.D.


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Curriculum Vitae

Name
  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Smith
Department
  • Department of English and American Studies
    Faculty of Arts
    Masaryk University
    Arna Nováka 1
    602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Employment - Position
  • Assistant Professor
Education and Academic Qualifications
  • 2006: Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
  • 1993: Master of Fine Arts, School of Theater, Film and Television, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1981: M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
  • 1980: B.A. with High Distinction, English (minors: Humanities, German), Valparaiso University
Employment
  • 2012-2013: Department of English and American Studies, University of Ostrava (Fulbright Lecturer)
  • 2007: Department of Arts, Language and Literature, American University in Bulgaria (Fulbright Lecturer)
  • 1999-2011: Center for Management Communication, University of Southern California (Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Coordinator of Advanced Writing)
  • 1987-1999: The Writing Programs, University of California at Los Angeles (Lecturer)
  • 1990-1991: Magnolia Playhouse, North Hollywood, CA (Writer and Director in Residence)
  • 1986-1987: Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, Ohio (Instructor)
  • 1985-1987: Canal Café Theatre, London, UK (Writer and Director in Residence)
  • 1983-1984: Film Studies program, University of Chicago Extension (Instructor)
  • 1981-1982: Department of English, University of Illinois at Chicago (Instructor)
  • 1975-1984: Waukegan News-Sun, CBS-TV News and others (Reporter, Editor, Consultant)
Selected Courses and Teaching Activities
  • Conspiracy and Paranoia in American Fiction and Culture
  • Anglo-American Political Fiction, Film and Television
  • Conspiracy and Paranoia in American Fiction and Culture
  • Regional Cultures of North America
  • American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
  • Origins of American Races and Cultures
  • Contemporary Issues in US and UK Culture and Politics
  • Literature in Performance
  • Shakespeare and American Literature
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • The Profession of English
  • Bachelor's Thesis Seminars (supervisor)

    AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES:
  • Cultural Geographies of the United States
  • Shakespeare for Actors
  • Introduction to the Study of Literature
  • American Literature and Film of the Cold War
  • The American Presidency in Literature, Film and Television
  • Cultural Studies: Goals and Methods
  • Popular Arts and Culture of the 1960s
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • The Films of Charlie Chaplin
  • Great Film Comedies
  • Communication Strategy in Management
  • International Business Communication
  • Specialized Writing (various disciplines)
  • Thesis supervision: theses in literature, American Studies, cultural studies
Selected Lectures and Conference Participation
  • INVITED LECTURES:
  • "What Does Donald Trump Mean for Americanists?" Department of American Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany, June 2016.
  • "Macbeth, or 'The Scottish Play': Legends, Lore, and Performance." Shakespeare Ostrava 2016 festival and Ostravská univerzita v Ostrave, April 2016.
  • "The American Counterculture in Context." National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, April 2015.
  • "Rhetoric and Ethics in Film and Literature." National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, April 2015.
  • "Prophecies of Race War in American Popular Literature." Kruh moderních filologu (Czech Modern Language Association), Ostravská univerzita v Ostrave, April 2014.
  • "Teaching Shakespeare in Secondary Schools." Department of English and American Studies, Ostravská univerzita v Ostrave, June 2013.
  • “The ‘Cold Civil War’ in Contemporary America.” Kruh moderních filologu (Czech Modern Language Association), Ostravská univerzita v Ostrave, May 2013.
  • “Race, Religion, and the American Presidency.” Keynote address, Fourth Annual Conference on Anglophone Studies, Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíne, September 2012.
  • “Lessons from America’s Previous Minority Presidents.” Visiting Fellows’ Seminar, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, October 2008.
  • “Extra-Ordinary Physiques: Changing Images of the Presidency in the 1960s.” American Corner, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, May 2007.
  • “The Rhetoric of Cultural Studies.” Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington at Tacoma, March 2006.
  • “Can Popular Film and Television be Socially Critical?” Keynote address, Christ College Forum on Film and Society, Valparaiso University, October 1989.

  • CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PANELS:
  • “How Attractive is European Education?” (panel chair). International Fulbright Conference Berlin Seminar, Berlin, March 2013.
  • “Citizenship in Secret: Hidden Sites and the Contradictions of Black and White Nationalism.” Sites of Citizenship conference, King’s College, University of London, June 2011.
  • “Secret Undergrounds: Black and White Responses to Racial Violence in Sutton Griggs and Thomas Dixon, Jr.” Modern Language Association, December 2009.
  • “Cultural Studies and its Implications for Business, Law, and the Social Sciences.” Research Salon series, USC Center for Excellence in Research, October 2007.
  • “Lords (and Ladies) of Misrule: Andrew Jackson and his Comic Doubles.” Modern Language Association / American Humor Studies Association, December 2004.
  • “Models and Methods for In-class Group Projects.” Transforming Curricula for Today’s Students conference, University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Teaching and Center for Scholarly Technology, May 2003.
  • Teaching Politically Without Political Correctness. Workshop organized with Gerald Graff and Donald Lazere, Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 1998.
  • “Vietnam, Postmodernism, and the Problem of Space.” Modern Language Association, December 1990.
  • “Caught in a Cul-de-Sac: The Institutionalizing of Film Studies.” Modern Language Association, December 1990.
  • “The ‘MLA-izing’ of Composition: Teaching at Risk” (panel chair). Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1990.
  • “Tragi-Comic, Bitter and Sweet: Notes on British Theater.” Popular Culture Association, March 1987.
  • “S.D.I. and Popular Culture.” Popular Culture Association of America, March 1987.
  • “The Integrative Roles of Popular Culture” (panelist). Intercampus Conference on Integrative Studies, Bowling Green State University, 1986.
  • “Saint Chuck: A Report on a Canon-ization in Progress” [on animator Chuck Jones and Warner Brothers cartoons]. Midwest Popular Culture Association, October 1986.
  • “Psychology, Social Thought, and Chaplin: Notes on Modern Times.” Society for Cinema Studies, April 1984.
Fellowships and Scholarships
  • 2012-2013: Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, the Czech Republic
  • 2008: Visiting Research Fellowship, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University
  • 2006-2007: Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, Bulgaria
  • 1984-1985: Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship, the United Kingdom
  • 1985: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst summer scholarship, Germany
  • 1981-1984: Department of English Full Tuition Fellowship, University of Chicago
  • 1980-1981: Patricia Erdoss Maxwell Fellowship in English, University of Chicago
University Activities
  • Artistic Director, The Gypsywood Players
Selected Activities Outside University
  • Visiting Fellows’ Seminar, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University
  • Fulbright International Summer Institute, Bulgaria
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar on Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, University of Southern California
  • Pew Charitable Trusts Working Group on Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on Global Security and Arms Control, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Internationaler Ferienkurs, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Fulbright, Marshall, and Mitchell Fellowship screening committees
  • Editorial Advisory Board, College English (journal)
Awards for Writing and Teaching
  • Editor’s Pick, Choice Magazine (for The Presidents We Imagine), 2009
  • Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award 2006 finalist, University of Southern California Parents’ Association
  • University of California – Los Angeles Intersorority Council Citation for Teaching Excellence
  • National Society for Collegiate Journalists First Place for Editorial/Opinion Writing, and Literary Magazine of the Year
  • Indiana Collegiate Press Association First Place for Essay Writing, and Literary Magazine of the Year
Major Publications
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Macbeth, or "The Scottish Play" : Legends, Lore, and Performance. In Shakespeare Ostrava 2016 Festival, 28.4.2016, Ostrava. 2016. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. These Desponding Days : Emerson and America's Crisis of Textual Authority. Litteraria Pragensia, Praha: Ústav anglofonních literatur a kultur FF UK, 2014, roč. 24, č. 48, s. 79-93. ISSN 0862-8424. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. "What Works": Instrumentalism, Ideology, and Nostalgia in Post-Cold War Culture. In Blouin, Michael. The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World. Newcastle on Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. s. 16-44, 29 s. ISBN 1-4438-4479-9. URL URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. The Chosen and The Choice: Race, Religion, and The 2012 US Presidential Campaign. In Bell, GJ; Nemcokova, K; Wojcik, B. From Theory to Practice 2012: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference On Anglophone Studies. 1st ed. Zlín: Tomáš Baťa University Zlín, 2013. s. 159-178, 20 s. ISBN 978-80-7454-276-3. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. The Presidents We Imagine: Two Centuries of White House Fictions on the Page, on the Stage, Onscreen, and Online. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009. ISBN 0-299-23184-4. URL URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Lords (and Ladies) of Misrule: Carnival, Satire and Doubling in the Age of Andrew Jackson. Studies in American Humor, 2005. ISSN 0095-280X. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Missing a Beat: Story-Making and the Absent President on September 11. European Journal of American Culture, 2004. ISSN 1758-9118. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. The L.A. Riots: A Case Study of Debate Across the Political Spectrum. In Laurence Behrens. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. 7. vyd. New York: Longman, 2000. ISBN 0-321-02397-8. info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Students' goals, gatekeeping, and some questions of ethics. College English, URBANA: NATL COUNCIL TEACHERS ENGLISH, 1997, roč. 59, č. 3, s. 299-320. ISSN 0010-0994. doi:10.2307/378379. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Why College? College English, 1996. ISSN 0010-0994. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. AGAINST ILLEGERACY - TOWARD A NEW PEDAGOGY OF CIVIC UNDERSTANDING. College Composition and Communication, URBANA: NATL COUNC TEACH ENG, 1994, roč. 45, č. 2, s. 200-219. ISSN 0010-096X. doi:10.2307/359006. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. BLOOM,ALLAN, ROSE,MIKE, AND GOODMAN,PAUL - IN SEARCH OF A LOST PEDAGOGICAL SYNTHESIS. College English, URBANA: NATL COUNCIL TEACHERS ENGLISH, 1993, roč. 55, č. 7, s. 721-744. ISSN 0010-0994. doi:10.2307/378427. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Unthinking the Unthinkable: Nuclear Weapons and Western Culture. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-253-35353-X. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Cultural Literacy and the Academic 'Left,' with Afterword. National Forum, Phi Kappa Phi, 1989, roč. 1989, Summer, s. 19-21. info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Cultural Literacy and the Academic ‘Left’. Profession, New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1988, roč. 1988, s. 25-28. ISSN 0740-6959. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Reagan, Star Wars, and American Culture. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1987. ISSN 0096-3402. URL info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. 'HIS GIRL FRIDAY' IN THE CELL, A CASE-STUDY OF THEATRE-TO-FILM ADAPTATION. Literature/Film Quarterly, SALISBURY: SALISBURY STATE UNIV, 1985, roč. 13, č. 2, s. 72-76. ISSN 0090-4260. info
  • SMITH, Jeffrey Alan. Careening through Kubrick's Space. Chicago Review, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 1981, roč. 33/1981, č. 1, s. 62-74. ISSN 0009-3696. URL info

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