Christy Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Christy Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

place Conley House, Room 107


phone 573-884-6221

Areas Of Expertise

  • Writerly Identities
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education
  • Narrative Inquiry


Christy Goldsmith is the Assistant Director of the Campus Writing Program at the University of Missouri.

Christy’s research trajectory takes two paths. Through her narrative inquiry into English teachers’ identities as writers and as teachers-of-writing, she explores the tensions inherent in teaching writing in secondary schools, namely challenges to what constitutes “good” writing, origins of writing identities, and questions of authority in defining purpose and curriculum. Her second strand of research revolves around the teaching and learning of disciplinary literacy. In a recent study, she explores the interaction of theory and practice in pre-service educator disciplinary literacy courses.

Prior to joining the University of Missouri in her current capacity, Dr. Goldsmith taught high school English for eight years. She earned her PhD in English education from the University of Missouri where she taught courses in English education and disciplinary literacy. She continues to be involved in the Missouri Writing Project and the Missouri Council of Teachers of English.



Missouri Writing Project


Frequently Taught Courses

LTC 4560–Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I

LTC 4565–Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II


Selected Recent Publications

Goldsmith, C. (2020). Making connections between theory and practice: Pre-service educator disciplinary literacy courses as secondary WAC initiation.

Goldsmith, C. (2018). Enacted identities: A narrative inquiry into teacher writerly becoming (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertation and Theses database.

Goldsmith, C. (2016). Why all students need literature more than ever. English Journal, 106(2), 111-113.