Erika Smith, PhD

Erika Smith

Associate Professor & Faculty Development Consultant

Phone: 403.440.6568


Doctor of Philosophy in Adult, Community, & Higher Education (2016), Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.

Master of Arts in Humanities Computing (2005), specialization in English, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta.

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours) in Multimedia & English (2002), Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University. Summa Cum Laude.


Professional and scholarly interests

  • Educational Technologies
  • Faculty Development
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Digital Literacies
  • Social Media in Undergraduate Learning


Selected publications and presentations

See my Google Scholar profile.

Smith, E. E., & Hayman, R. (2022). Strategic digital engagement for impact: Building your academic presence online (Invited). In W. B. Kelly (Ed.), The impactful academic: Being and becoming an impactful researcher throughout your career. Emerald Publishing.

Sharun, S., & Smith, E. E. (2020, October). Educational development partnerships and practices: Helping librarians move beyond the one-shot. College & Research Libraries News, 81(9), 445.

Smith, E. E., Kahlke, R., & Judd, T. (2020). Not just digital natives: Integrating technologies in professional education contexts. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 36(3).

Hayman, R., & Smith, E. E. (2020). Mixed methods research in library and information science: A methodological review. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 15(1).

Yeo, M., Boman, J., Mooney, J., Phillipson, A., da Rosa dos Santos, L., Smith, E. E. (2019). Inquire, imagine, innovate: A scholarly approach to curriculum practice. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 12(IV), 155-165.

Kanuka, H., & Smith, E. E. (2019). Perceptions of the content and employability value of credentialed teaching certificates. International Journal for Academic Development, 24(1), 73-85.

Smith, E. E., & Kanuka, H. (2018). Transdisciplinary or pedagogically distinct? Disciplinary considerations for teaching certificates in higher education. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(3), 388-401. Retrieved from

Smith, E. E. (2017). Social media in undergraduate learning: Categories and characteristics. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 14(12), 1-24.

Smith, E. E. (2016). “A real double-edged sword:” Undergraduate perceptions of social media in their learning. Computers & Education, 103, 44-58.


Current Undergraduate Teaching

2014 – Present. Effective Learning in the Undergraduate Context (UGST 1001).


Selected Awards & Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Explore Grant (2022-2023, $5,000). Co-Primary Investigator with R. Hayman of “Social Media in Undergraduate Learning: A Scoping Review Study.” Mount Royal University

Mokakiiks Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Collaborate Grant (2022-2024, $6,500). Co-Primary Investigator with R. Hayman of “Social Media in Undergraduate Learning: A Scoping Review Study.” Mount Royal University.

Emerging Scholar Award (2019). Recognition of excellence, impact, and originality in research/scholarship, awarded to one faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University annually.

Students' Union of Mount Royal University Champion Award (2018). Awarded the inaugural Open Education Champion Award by the MRU students' union.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (2017-2019; $55,813). Sole applicant and PI of "Undergraduate Digital Literacies in Disciplinary Contexts." Government of Canada


Selected Service to the Profession & Community

2018 – Present. Associate Editor and founding editorial board member, Imagining SoTL: Selections from the Banff Symposium.

2017 – Present. Editorial Board Member, Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR), University of Central Florida.

2014 – 2019. Nerd Nite Calgary, Co-Lead of a monthly event series (see fostering public engagement of research and education.



I’ve developed several digital resources designed to support engagement in online teaching and learning.


What to contact me for?

  • Pedagogical considerations for using technology in your courses
  • Support for teaching and learning practice (e.g., class observations, assessments, teaching strategies and approaches to promoting student engagement).
  • Building your digital academic profile
  • Support for faculty interested in innovation in their teaching, with or without technology