B.A., Oberlin College
Rochelle Smith joined the English Faculty at Frostburg State University in 1994. She holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in Shakespeare and the early modern period, and a secondary concentration in composition theory. At Frostburg, she serves as the department’s Shakespearean and as the Director of Freshman Composition. In Shakespeare studies, her scholarship explores the interplay between drama and popular literature, especially the late medieval and early modern broadside ballad. Her most recent article, “King-Commoner Encounters in the Popular Ballad, Elizabethan Drama, and Shakespeare,” is published in SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. In composition studies, her research interests focus on paragraph theory. Dr. Smith hires, trains, and mentors adjunct faculty in the composition program. She also runs the Frostburg State University Shakespeare Festival.