Cheryl C. Smith is Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, where she directs the Great Works of World Literature program. She teaches courses in great works, the arts in NY, advanced non-fiction writing, lyrics and literature, and American literature. She co-edited the book, Making Teaching and Learning Matter: Transformative Spaces in Higher Education (2011) and also co-edits the Journal of Basic Writing. She is currently working on three short projects: an essay on teaching literature in translation for an upcoming MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching Lu Xun; an article about the intersection of protest, poetry, and feminism at City College during Open Admissions; and a collaborative article on the pedagogical challenges and affordances of teaching literature in hybrid learning environments. She is also developing a book-length project that looks at the loss of creativity in schooling, which she traces to several factors including increasing emphasis on testing, standardization, and assessment in K-12 and beyond; disregard for teacher input and individualized instruction; and shifts in “consumer” attitudes toward higher education and its value(s). She defines and promotes creativity as a force in developing literacy and offers techniques for college faculty to engage student creativity through exercises in literary translation, writing in digital environments, and collaborative writing.

Smith has also worked as a faculty coleader in the Translation research group of the 2014-2016 Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.


Seminars & Working Groups



We investigate how translation can be a process of transformation.