Lynette Smith

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

Dr. Osha Lynette Smith is a recent graduate of Walden and has earned her Doctorate degree in Reading and Literacy Leadership, from Walden University. Her dissertation was titled "Content Area Teacher Perspectives on Integrating Literacy Strategies". Dr. Smith has completed two years as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the first cohort for the Richard C. Riley School of Education at Walden University, under the supervision of Dr. Amy White. In this capacity Dr. Smith has taught READ 6708, READ 6605, READ 6708, READ 6610, MSED 6190, and MSED 6185 and is working with Kelly Kelly as a Subject Matter Expert (SME).
Apart from Walden University, Dr. Smith teaches seventh grade academic literacy at a suburban middle school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and is a certified Reading Specialist. Teaching is her second career, and she has been a teacher for 18 years. Prior to teaching, Dr. Smith worked in state government and facilitated training of adults for 24 years. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor for Penn State University in Harrisburg, where she teaches a graduate course titled Teaching Reading through the Content Areas.
Dr. Smith serves on the board for The Notable Books for a Global Society, is Membership Coordinator on the board for Keystone State Literacy Association (KSLA) and enjoys reading and discussing hundreds of newly published books for grades K-12. In addition, she scores teacher portfolios for Pearson and reviews journal articles for Walden.

Courses Taught

EDUC 472 - Teaching Reading through the Content Areas

EDUC 6610 - Teacher as Professional

EDUC 6708 - Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

MSED 6190 - Literacy Growth in Grades 4-6

MSED 6185 - Literacy in the Primary Grades (P-3)


BS, Albright College

EdD, Walden University

Post-master's Certificate, Penn State University Harrisburg


Smith, O. L. (2020). Teacher perceptions & Implementation of a content area literacy professional development program. Journal of Educational Research and Practice


Smith, O. L. (2018). Enhancing your Literacy Tool-Kit to Support Reading in the Content Areas. KSLA

Smith, O. L. (2019). Notable Books for a Global Society 2020 Awards. ILA

Smith, O. L. (2019). Notable Books for a Global Society 2020 Awards. NCTE

Smith, O. L. (2020). Notable Books for a Global Society: The Impact of Diversity in Literature. Penn State Harrisburg, Dr. Mary Napoli

Smith, O. L. (2019). Scientific Literacy Requires Literacy . NSTA