Victoria Smith


Teacher Education and Administration

Ph.D., 2022, Baylor University
Matthews Hall 218-U

Victoria (Tori) Davis Smith is a Lecturer in Social Studies Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate courses in elementary social studies methods. She works with preservice teachers to envision how the social studies classroom can exist as a context to empower youth to identify as vital contributors to their communities. She conducts qualitative research on humanizing education and student agency. Specifically, her research explores action civics pedagogy, antiracism, and classroom labor relations. Tori has presented at NCSS/CUFA and AERA, and she is a member of both organizations. She has published in journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Educational Studies, The Journal of Social Studies Research, Democracy & Education, and Citizenship Teaching & Learning. She received her M.Ed. + certification at the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from Baylor University. Before joining the faculty at the University of North Texas, Tori was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama. Tori is from Texas and is passionate about serving teachers and students in her home state.