Lynn A. Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer of Communication Skills (Arts & Humanities)
412-397-6337 phone (M)
412-397-6468 fax
Wheatley Center 206

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Science, PhD Instruction & Learning, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • Second Concentration, MAPW, Master of Professional & Technical Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
  • Master of Science, MS, Child Care & Child Development, University of Pittsburgh, 1983
  • Second Concentration, Reading Specialist, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, B. A., Philosophy & Psychology, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, 1967

Professional Background

  • 2017-To Date: Senior Lecturer, Communications Skills Program
  • 2012-To Date: Lead Teacher for Communications Skills pre-requisite and first-level courses. Mentor to incoming teachers of these courses.
  • 2010-To Date: Lecturer, Full-time, English Department, School of Communication & Information Science, Robert Morris University
  • 2009-2010: Adjunct Instructor, Communication Skills, English Department, School of Communications & Information Science, Robert Morris University
  • 2005-2009: Reading Specialist, Teaching Remedial Reading & Mathematics, K-8, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 1997-2005: Reading specialist and middle school science teacher at several different elementary and middle schools, part-time.
  • 2017-To Date: Senior Lecturer, Communications Skills Program

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Communication Skills: Continuously creating streamlined, multipurpose lessons for developmental-level students, both domestic and international, in the areas of basic grammar and higher order writing techniques.
  • Reading Comprehension Skills: Dissertation, research, and have created many unique, non-traditional lessons for students kindergarten through college level.


  • (May 2006) "Think-Aloud Mysteries," article in The Reading Teacher, a Journal of the International Reading Association.


  • 2013 - Presentation to Communications Skills Program Faculty at FEIC March Meeting - How to teach students the easy TREC (Thesis, Reasons, Examples, Conclusion) outline to use for papers and speeches.
  • 2011 - Workshop series on Reading Comprehension to Robert Morris Faculty of Communications Skills, Department of English