Faculty & Staff Details

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Amy Smith

Larimer Campus
Office Location
English and Communication

Amy has taught composition and literature at FRCC since 2011, teaching residential, hybrid, and online courses. She has been involved in developmental English redesign and Student Success initiatives for as long as she has been with Front Range. She is a contemporary dancer, a cat-person, a gamer, and a Ravenclaw.
Teaching Philosophy
I believe that every day, we evolve and shift in our identities. When I teach, I focus on who the students are in front of me and how our class material contributes to their understanding of themselves and our world. I’ve learned that one of the most powerful things I can do as a college instructor is resist telling my students who they are and challenge them to use our class as one more way of exploring themselves as they grow in their critical thinking skills. Whether I’m teaching audience-awareness in composition or symbolism in literature, I’m asking students to think more carefully, and it is this careful thinking that shapes who we are, what kind of world we’re participating in, and how to progress within both.
Teaching Experience
2014  Full-time English faculty at Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus 
2011 – 2014  Full-time Limited English faculty at Front Range Community College, Westminster Campus 
2010 – 2011  Part-time English instructor at Aims Community College and Front Range Community College
2008 – 2010  Teaching Assistant at University of Northern Colorado 

University of Northern Colorado, English Language and Literature, M.A., 2011

University of Northern Colorado, English, B.A., 2008

Courses Taught
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Studio 121
  • Studio D
  • Composition and Reading
  • Learning Community with Introduction to Literature
  • Basic Composition
  • Writing Fundamentals
  • College Preparatory Reading
  • Foundations of Reading
Additional Information

Honors, Awards

President’s Special Recognition, 2017

President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution, 2015