Laura M.																 Smith

Laura M. Smith

Coordinator, Program in American Sign Language
Senior Lecturer of ASL, Department of World Languages and Cultures
Department: World Languages and Cultures, American Sign Language
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 422



A senior lecturer and ASL coordinator in the program of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) I earned my M.S. degree in Bilingual Education from McDaniel College, 2006 and a Bachelor degree in ASL Teaching from Gallaudet, 2004. In 1993, I completed the training in the Deaf interpreting for the American Judiciary System at CSUN. I have been teaching ASL in secondary and post-secondary education for 25+ years in Michigan, Maryland, Washington D.C, Virginia, and Kentucky. Personal hobbies are family/animals, reading, hiking/biking, beachcombing, gardening, and crafting.



  • MS, Deaf Bilingual Education, McDaniel College
  • BA, ASL Teaching, Gallaudet University




Petronio, D. K. (Presenter), Smith, L. M., Research/Creative Activity, Lecture/Talk, Competitive/Refereed, “Examining the Form and Function of ‘Role-Shift’ Blending and Partitioning”, Workshop, Registry Interpreter for the Deaf, Registry Interpreter for the Deaf, J.W Marriott Hotel, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, Academic, National. (August 12, 2013).

Smith, L., “A look into two colonized communities in America: The Appalachian community and the Deaf Community”. Paper & presented at National 5th Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University, Utah, (April 13-17, 2012).

Hale, K. & Smith, L., “Interactive Interpreting Course with Live Participants: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations for Implementation”. Poster. International Conference of Interpreter

Trainers, Charlotte, North Carolina. October 2012.


White, J. A. (Presenter), Smith, L. M. (Presenter), Service, Lecture/Talk, Invited, “Requirements and Processes of Sign Language Interpreting”, Workshop, Language Access Training, Indiana Coalitions Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States, Academic, State. (May 2019).


Smith, L., Advancing Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium: “GoReact for Classroom Feedback,” Presentation, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. September 17, 2017

Smith, L., International Lecture Series, “So You Want to Know about Deaf Culture and Language”, Presentation. IUPUI 11th Annual International Festival. February 2015

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

ASL Pedagogy, Deaf studies – research and developing courses, Comparative research -Deaf and Appalachian communities.