Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 2675

Tori Smith's area of interest is foreign language education and currently includes arts literacy, performance studies, and contemplative pedagogy.


I served as the Language Program Director for Hispanic Studies from 1984 to 2005, during a time of great expansion. I design, teach and supervise language courses, and for many years taught a graduate seminar on Theory and Methods of Foreign Language Teaching. As the recipient of numerous grants (NEH, Brown Curricular Development, Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, Humanities Research), I've been able to create courses, develop programs to train teaching assistants, create instructional material using interactive media, and become a certified Oral Proficiency Tester. I am interested in the use of the arts and performance in my teaching. Since 2006 I have been exploring contemplative pedagogy in foreign language education and in 2008 published a pioneering article on this topic. In 2010 I received the Sheridan Center Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown.


I continue to focus on issues that affect language learning such as substance use, mind-body disturbance (stress, mental illness, etc.), and learning disabilities. I have a longstanding interest in the use of music in language class and continue my interest in the role contemplative practices play in language and intercultural education. During 2010 I collaborated with James Dennen, a theater director and Brown PhD candidate in Performance Studies, in an exploration of the use of improvisational activities in my intermediate Spanish classes. Last summer a workshop I attended on arts literacy in FL education sparked my interest in this area.


B.A. Stanford University. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.


Recipient of University of California Distinguished Teaching Award, 1981. Recipient of various grants at Brown. Sheridan Center Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown, 2010.


Member: Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 
Member, Ivy consortium on Learning Disabled students and language learning, 1995-97