Teresa Smith

Teresa Smith


  • 1.05 Lawrence Stenhouse Building

Personal profile


Prior to joining the University, Teresa was a class teacher in primary schools in Norfolk. She came into teaching with a primary art education specialism, and developed this through her work in museum and gallery education departments, such as the Tate Gallery in London and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. 

Key Responsibilities

Teresa teaches on the Primary PGCE course in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Subjects that she holds lead responsbility for are: Art and Design, PSHE Education, Design and Technology, and she also sometimes contributes to the Early Years programmes. She is the lead tutor responsible for Professional Studies and also holds joint coordinating responsibilities for the foundation subjects programme as a whole.

Key Research Interests

Teresa’s interests are in a/r/tography, the use of artists and galleries in schools, creativity in the primary classroom, and teacher creative identities and wellbeing. Her MA research explored teachers’ dedication and the relationship between teachers' personal and professional identities, using an autobiographical narrative and visual methodology. She continues to be particularly interested in artist-researcher-teacher identity and arts-based research approaches to developing thinking and understanding.

Teresa's own art practice explores these themes in a variety of media, including linoprint, textiles, drawing, book making and poetry. At the moment she is interested in creating artwork that explores the liminal space occupied by the artist-researcher-teacher.


"Please do visit my website (use the web link underneath my photo, above). It is a place in which I explore notions of a/r/tography. I use it as an extention of my sketchbook: a place to record and disseminate research ideas, as well as a place to create and connect ideas."

Administrative Posts

Teresa is part of the Admissions team, reviewing applications and interviewing prospective candidates. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia

1 Jan 200831 Dec 2010

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011