Jennifer Mott-Smith, EdD


Professor, ESOL Coordinator


Contact Info

LA 5330 L


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 Admissions.  She devotes much of her time to teaching, supporting, and advocating for international students. She has extensive knowledge of theories of international education and has herself studied abroad in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Japan. 

In the classroom, Dr. Mott-Smith specializes in second language writing, teaching first-year English (ENGL 102), ESOL courses, and teacher training courses.  In 2016, together with colleagues Drs. Judith Guerrero, Gilda Martinez-Alba, and Stephen Mogge, she won the Innovation in Teaching Award from the Towson Office of Academic Innovation for the development of the ESOL Program for Teachers.

Dr. Mott-Smith’s current research focuses on textual reuse and the teaching of writing.  She is a peer reviewer for TESOL Journal, Applied Linguistics, and Studies in Higher Education. She is also a proposal reviewer and chair of the ILGBTQ Forum of TESOL International. She has given numerous presentations at local, regional, and international conferences.  Her recent publications include:


Teaching effective source use: Classroom approaches that work (co-authored with Z. Tomaš & I. Kostka). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 2017.

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


“Issues influencing success: Comparing the perspectives of nurse educators and diverse nursing students" (co-authored with B. Fuller). Journal of Nursing Education 56(7): 389-396. 2017. 

“Enriching learning, saving time: Designing effective academic writing courses” (co-authored with Z. Tomaš). SLWIS News Oct. 2016.

“Viewing student behavior through the lenses of culture and globalization: Two narratives from a U.S. college writing class.” Teaching in Higher Education 18(3): 249-259. doi: 10.1080/13562517.2012.725222. 2013.


“Plagiarism deserves to be punished.” In D. M. Loewe & C. Ball, (Eds.), Bad Ideas about writing (pp. 247-252). Morgantown, WV: Digital Publishing Institute. 2017.

“Ideological English: A theme for college composition.” In C. Hastings & L. Jacob, (Eds.), Social Justice in English Language Teaching (pp. 95-104).  Alexandria, VA: TESOL International. 2016.