Dawn Smith-SherwoodDawn Smith-Sherwood is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and serves as advisor to all Spanish minors.

She received her PhD in Spanish from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) in 2001.

During spring semester 2011, Smith-Sherwood enjoyed her first sabbatical and spent three months in Spain, residing with her family in the Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona, and then walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, with a group of IUP students and Department of History colleague Caleb Finegan. In May 2016, she returned to the Camino de Santiago for an abbreviated, 200-mile pilgrimage beginning in Len with Finegan, Christine Baker (IUP History), and a group of 24 honors college students from across the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Dawn Smith-SherwoodShe is currently collaborating with Debra Faszer-McMahon (Seton Hill University) and Victoria Ketz (LaSalle University) on a collection of essays titled Women and Science in Spanish Cultural Production to be published by Vanderbilt University Press in fall 2020/spring 2021. Additionally, she recently contributed to a chapter in a forthcoming volume dedicated to the works of Miguel de Unamuno in the Modern Language Association's Approaches to Teaching series.

At IUP, Smith-Sherwood teaches Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, Introduction to Hispanic Literature, 20th/21st-Century Spanish Civilization and Culture, and the 19th- and 20th-Century Spanish Novel.

She serves as a faculty Living-Learning partner to the Global Awareness Living-Learning Community of Wallwork Hall, home to the Spanish Language Cluster. In April 2016, she won the Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Recognition Award for Living Learning.

Spring 2024 Office Hours

  • Monday: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon–2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Other times by appointment. Zoom appointments by request.

Smith-Sherwood can be reached at smithshe@iup.edu.