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Lisa Smith Faculty Profile

Lisa Smith

Assistant Professor of Teaching of English
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
PLC 117


Lisa Smith earned her PhD in early American literature at the University of Delaware. She taught at the University of Delaware and now teaches a variety of courses in early American literature and composition at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Her courses focus on gender and spirituality in early American writings, composition with an emphasis on comics, and spiritual autobiography. Dr. Smith has published a monograph on how the First Great Awakening appeared in colonial American newspapers and a recent book on spiritual passion, and she has presented at Comic-Con International.


  • PhD in English, University of Delaware, 1999
  • MA in English, University of Delaware, 1992
  • BA in English and Psychology, University of Delaware, 1989
  • Godly Character(s): Insights for Spiritual Passion from the Lives of 8 Women in the Bible. Square Halo Books, 2018.
  • "Beyond Strunk & White: Using Comics to Teach Students to Write Analytically." Comic Arts Conference, Comic-Con International 2017, July 2017.
  • "Engaging the Non-Major with Early American Literature." Society of Early Americanists Panel on Teaching Early American Literature, American Literature Association Conference, May 2016.
  • The First Great Awakening in Colonial American Newspapers: A Shifting Story. Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield's Lexington Books, 2012.
  • Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University April 2010, Humanities and Teacher Education Division
  • Teacher of Influence, Pepperdine University October 2009, Women's Basketball Team


  • Early American Literature
  • Gender and Spirituality
  • Composition and Comic Texts


  • Topics in Literature: Gender and Spirituality in Early American Literature
  • Topics in Literature: Early American Women Writers
  • English Composition I
  • First-Year Seminar: Spiritual Autobiography