Ann C. Smith

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Office of Undergraduate Studies Phone: (301) 405-9165
Office Address: 2100 Marie Mount Hall


Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (2011 - present)  working with General Education and the Marquee Courses in Science and Technology. 


Course and lab instructor for BSCI 223 General Microbiology (1978 - 2011).  Since arriving at the University of Maryland my focus has been education in Microbiology. My goal has been to understand how students learn science and to engage students in a challening, interesting, current, and thought provoking educational experience in microbiology

Research Interests

Present interests include the analysis of pedagogy for science education. Projects include the use of case studies as a method to motivate learning,  the use of technology in large multi section courses, working with a faculty team to change how science is taught in a series of microbiology courses.

Projects and Funding:

Research and Teaching: Host Pathogen Interactions
“Linking of courses to foster in depth and research oriented learning of host pathogen interactions”Supported through HHMI grant to the College of Chemical and Life Science (2004- present)

“Activities to support deep and research oriented learning of host pathogen interactions” Supported by NSF 0837315 (2007-2010)

Recent Publications

Injaian, L., Smith, A. C., Shipley, J.G., Marbach-Ad, G., Fredericksen, B. L., 2011. Antiviral Drug Research Proposal Activity. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education; May p18-28

Smith, A.C. and Marbach-Ad, G. 2010. Learning Outcomes with Linked Assessments - an Essential Part of our Regular Teaching Practice. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education; 11(2): 123-129.

Smith, A.C., and Stein, D.C., 2010. "Wanda's Woes". MedEdPORTAL; Available from:

Marbach-Ad, G., McAdams, K.C., Benson, S., Briken, V., Cathcart, L., Chase, M., El-Sayed, N.M., Frauwirth, K., Fredericksen, B., Joseph, S.W., Lee, V., McIver, K.S., Mosser, D., Quimby, B.B., Shields, P., Song, W., Stein, D.C., Stewart, R., Thompson, K.V., and Smith, A.C., 2010. "A model for using a concept inventory as a tool for students' assessment and faculty professional development". CBE Life Sci Educ. Winter; 9(4):408-16.

Gili Marbach-Ad, Volker Briken, Najib El-Sayed, Kennneth Frauwirth, Brenda Fredericksen, Steven Hutcheson, Lian-Yong Gao, Sam Joseph, Vincent Lee, Kevin S. McIver, David Mosser, B. Booth Quimby, Patricia Shields, Wenxia Song, Daniel C. Stein, Robert T. Yuan and Ann C. Smith (2009) “Assessing Student Understanding of Host Pathogen Interactions Using a Concept Inventory” to consider for publication in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education” Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 10, 43-50.

Stewart, R. C., Smith, A. C. and Shields, P. A. 2008. ELVIS Meltdown! Microbiology Concepts of Culture, Growth, and Metabolism The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection, University of Buffalo.

Schalk, K., J. R. McGinnis, J. R. Harring, A. Hendrickson, and A. C. Smith. 2008. The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Experience Offers Opportunities Similar to the Undergraduate Research Experience. J. Microbiol. Biol Educ. Vol 10. 

Hughes, R.B. and Smith., 2007. Protocol  for the Capsule Stain technique. Accessed February 26, 2008 
Kramer, S., Tsang A.Y., Chang, C.,Smith, A.C., 2006. A Laboratory Exercise Exploring Biotechnology via Creation of a Transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana Plant Using a Floral Dip Method. Accessed December 18, 2006
Smith, A.C., and Hussey, M. 2005. Gram Stain Protocols. Accessed December 18, 2006.

Smith, A.C., Stewart, R., Shields, P., Hayes-Klosteridis, J., Robinson, P., and Yuan, R. 2005.Introductory Biology Courses: A framework to support active learning in large enrollment introductory science courses. J Cell Biology Education, 4:143-156.


Awards and Memberships

American Society for Microbiology Curriculum Task Force (2010 - present)
Sponsor, UM Student Chapter, American Society for Microbiology
Editor, American Society for Microbiology Microbe Library Atlas/Protocol Collection (2004-2008)
College of Life Sciences Teaching and Course Development Award 2002
Omicron Delta Kappy, Fall 2006
niversity of Maryland, CTE Celebrating Teachers Award. 2003, 2004.
University of Maryland, CTE Lilly Fellow, 2003
University of Maryland Innovation in Teaching with Technology (UMITT) Award, 2002