Faculty Profile for Dr. Victoria L Smith

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Dr. Victoria L Smith
Chair - Associate Professor — English
FH 365
phone: (512) 245-3010

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A., English, University of Texas, Austin
B.A., English, Pomona College

Teaching Interests

Feminist and Literary Theory, Queer Studies, Film, Twentieth Century British and American Women novelists

Research Interests

Feminist Theory, Queer Studies, Twentieth Century Women Writers—particularly modernists, Classic and Contemporary Hollywood film, Cultural Studies

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Smith, V. L. (2015). “Highways of Desolation: The Road and Trash in Boys Don’t Cry and Monster.” South Central Review, 32(2), 131–150.
  • Smith, V. L. (2011). “Our Serial Killers, Our Superheroes, and Ourselves: Showtime’s Dexter.” QRVF: Quarterly  Review of Film and Video, (28.4), 390–400.
  • Smith, V. L. (2006). “Ransacking the Language”: Finding the Missing Goods in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando”. Journal of Modern Literature., (29), 57–75.
  • Smith, V. L. (1999). “A Story beside(s) Itself: The Language of Loss in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.” PMLA, (114), 194–206.
  • Smith, V. L. (2018). “The Heterotopias of Todd Haynes: Creating Space for Same Sex Desire in Carol.” Film Criticism, 42(1). https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/fc.13761232.0042.102

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Signma Tau Delta Outstanding Professor. 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: English Dept. Nominee Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Liberal Arts Dean’s Award in Teaching. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi National College Honor Society “Favorite Professor”. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Professor. 2013

Selected Grants

  • Smith, Victoria L. Alkek Research Grant, Texas State, Texas State University. (Funded: 2006). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Advanced Studies Committee
September 1, 2003-September 1, 2019
Honor Code Council
January 1, 2017-June 1, 2019
Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee
September 1, 2017-May 2019
U.S. Women Writers Search Committee
September 1, 2014-April 1, 2015
Faculty of Instruction Committee
July 2023-Present