Faculty Profile

Jill Smith

Jill Heiney-Smith

Director, Field Placements; Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Email: heineysmithj@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2372
Office: Peterson Hall 404

Education: BA in English, Seattle Pacific University, 1993; MA, Middlebury College, Middlebury VT, 1998

Jill returned to her alma mater after over 10 years as a teacher educator at the University of Washington. She collaborates with faculty, program leaders, and school partners to bring cohesion to the multiple learning spaces in which our students learn and grow. Jill leads and learns from our team of phenomenal field supervisors and also teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate teacher education. Prior to transitioning to academia, Jill taught K–8 technology and language arts in Vermont, middle school Humanities in Mukilteo, and all subjects in an alternative high school setting in Seattle.
Jill’s scholarly agenda addresses the gap in research on supporting pre-service K-12 mentor teachers. Her working dissertation title, “Mentoring PD in Teacher Education: A Study of Curriculum and Perceived Efficacy” examines the material and human resources necessary for mentor teachers to feel valued and supported by the university. Jill expects to complete her Doctor of Education in 2018. 
Since 1996, Jill has attended St. Joseph parish on Capitol Hill, where she has served on the Adult Faith Formation Committee and was a founding member of the Ministry of Mothers Sharing group. She is married to the SPU alum she met during her student teaching, and they live in Shoreline with their two teenage children.

View Jill’s CV (PDF)