Jennifer Mott-Smith

Associate Professor, ESOL Coordinator


Contact Information

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B.A. Oberlin College
M.A. University of Massachusetts
Ed.D. Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Second language writing


Jennifer A. Mott-Smith is Associate Professor and ESOL Coordinator in the English Department, and ESOL Testing Coordinator for International Admissions.  She has extensive experience in international education, having studied abroad in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Japan. 

Dr. Mott-Smith specializes in second language writing, teaching ENGL 102, ESOL courses and teacher training courses.  She currently sits on the board of Maryland TESOL, a professional organization of ESOL teachers, and is a peer reviewer for the journal Applied Linguistics.  Dr. Mott-Smith’s current research focuses on the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse students in nursing programs and ways to teach referencing.  She has given numerous presentations at local, regional and international conferences.  Her recent publications include:

2013:  Teaching writing. (co-authored with Z. Tomaš & I. Kostka). Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.

“Are we punishing? Looking reflexively at our responses to plagiarism.” SLW News. tesolslwis/issues/2013-10-07/1.html

2012:  “Viewing student behavior through the lenses of culture and globalization: Two narratives from a US college writing class.” Teaching in Higher Education. DOI:10.1080/13562517.2012.725222

“Writing proficiency exams and the internationalization of U.S. higher education.”CATESOL Journal 23(1):214-232.

2011:  “When our students come from oral cultures.” Career Educator 1(2):65-78.

“Establishing textual authority and separating voices: A new approach to teaching referencing.” English Teaching Forum 49(2):16-25.

“TESOL 2011 Colloquium: Using historic speeches by people of color in the writing classroom.” SLW News 6(2).

“Lixia Jin and Martin Cortazzi (eds): RESEARCHING CHINESE LEARNERS: SKILLS, PERCEPTIONS AND INTERCULTURAL ADAPTATIONS. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.”Applied Linguistics 32(5): 581-584.

Courses Fall 2017

  • ESOL 104 Advanced Reading
  • ESOL 106 Advanced Writing
  • ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education