Dr. Frances Smith


    Frances Smith, Ed.D, CVE has over 30 years of experience working across the fields of vocational evaluation, assistive and instructional technology, universal design and universal design for learning (UDL). She obtained her graduate degrees from GW University in vocational evaluation, secondary transition and higher education administration. In 2011-12, Dr. Smith was a UDL Fellow in residence at CAST and Boston College Lynch School of Education where she researched and explored UDL applied in classrooms, career assessment and transition settings, and higher education. Through her prior work as an instructional faculty (retired) at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Smith provided leadership, training and technical assistance for the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center. She was a member of the statewide assistive technology team, a research fellow with the Center for Teaching Excellence Learning Technology Research Group (LTRG) and a sought after educator on UDL.

    Currently, Dr. Smith teaches as an adjunct professor for GW University where she has taught a course in UDL since 2003. She has consulted and delivered training on nationally and internationally on a range of topics including universal design for learning, assistive technology in vocational evaluation, future technologies and social media. Dr. Smith is a passionate advocate for universal design, UDL and career assessment and has co-authored a number of articles, national position papers, and publications. She is a Past-President of the Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association (VECAP) and represents their interests on the National Taskforce on Universal Design for Learning, Chair and Commissioner for the former Commission on Certification of Work Adjustment and Vocational Evaluation Specialists, and a co-founder of the former Interdisciplinary Council on Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment.

    Dr. Smith’s areas of interest and expertise include universal design for learning, vocational evaluation and career assessment, instructional design, assistive technology and future technologies that enrich and expand learning opportunities. She is a Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist.