Dr. Sheila Graham Smith is retired executive staff/faculty from Baylor University. Her professional work encompassed advocacy for students with special needs. Her Master’s degree is in Educational Psychology and her Doctorate is in Curriculum and Instruction. She was the director of the Disability Support Office at Baylor University. Dr. Smith was also instrumental in founding the disability support program in Beirut, Lebanon, SKILD (Special Kids with Individual Learning Differences), a beacon educational program in the Middle East. She was born and raised in Beirut and considers herself bilingual and bicultural, arriving in the United States in the early 1970s. A mother of two, and a grandmother of five, she lives in Waco, Texas. In addition to being a writer, she is an avid organic gardener (Certified Wildlife Habitat), quilter, and cook.
Published Academic Articles:
“Assessing the Knowledge Base of Faculty at a Private, Four-Year Institution.” Dae Vasek,The College Student Journal. Vol. 39, No.2, June 2005.
“Quality Disability Support for Promoting Belonging and Academic Success Within the College Community.” Sheila Graham Smith, Ed.D. and Ssereta Lafayette, The College Student Journal. Vol. 38, No.1, March 2004.
“Notebook to Success.” Sheila Graham Smith,Ed.D., Athletic Management. Vol. XV, No.5, August/September 2003.
“Student and Parent Involvement in the Transition Process for College Freshmen with Learning Disabilities.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Dae Vasek, MS.Ed., and Ron English, M.Div. The College Student Journal. Vol. 36, No.4, December 2002.
“Considerations in the Development of Foreign Language Substitution Policies at the Post-secondary Level for Students with Learning Disabilities.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Association of Departments of Foreign Language Bulletin. Vol. 32, No. 3, Spring 2002.
“Practicing Self-advocacy: Dialogue for Students with Disabilities Requesting Reasonable Academic Accommodations.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Attention. Vol. 7 No. 8, September/October 2001.
“Using the Principles of Assisted Reading to Improve Fluency in the Performance of a Student Athlete with Language Based Learning Disabilities.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Athletic Academic Journal. Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2000.
“Coaching College Athletes with Learning Disabilities.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D.Coaching Management, Football Issue. December 1999.
“College Athletes: Understanding the Transition to College.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Journal of College Student Affairs. Fall 1999.
“Legal Implications in the United States of LD at the Post Secondary Level.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Transition Focus. Vol.I, No. 2, Spring 1999.
“Athletically Enabled, Learning Disabled.” Sheila Graham, Ed.D., Athletic Management. Vol. X, No.e, April/May 1998.
“Assisted Reading and a College Student with Learning Disabilities.” Sheila Houser, MS., Balanced Reading Instruction. Vol. V, No. 1, Spring 1998.
“The Effect of Accommodations on College Success for Students with Attention Deficit Disorder: A Preliminary Analysis.” Sheila Houser, MS., Teacher Education and Practice. Vol. XII, No. 2, 1996.