About Me

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My first time at De Anza was as a student after graduating from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, and I am now an instructor in the English and Technical Writing Departments at the college. Prior to teaching here, my work life includes teaching positions at SFSU, SJSU, CSM and the UC/SFSU Prison Outreach Project at San Quentin, as well as 25 years in high-tech sales, marketing and business development. I have taught at De Anza since 2008, led the college district's week-long trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for three years, and have lived in the Bay Area much of my life.

Classes I Teach

Fall 2020

02631EWRT 1A14QComposition and Reading
02684EWRT 1A19QComposition and Reading
25479LART 25014QAcademic Reading and Writing
25485LART 25019QAcademic Reading and Writing

Summer 2020

10809EWRT 266ZCritical Reading, Writing and Thinking
10550EWRT 267ZCritical Reading, Writing and Thinking

Course Syllabi

Faculty Info

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Brian Smith






  • M.A. English Literature, San Francisco State University, 2007
  • B.A. English Literature, San Francisco State University, 2001
  • B.A. Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 2000
  • A.A. Technical Writing, De Anza College, 2013
  • A.A. English, De Anza College, 2011
  • A.A. Business/CIS, De Anza College, 2007
  • A.A. Humanities, De Anza College, 1983
  • Certificate of Achievement in Business, De Anza College, 2011
  • Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Composition, San Francisco State University, 2005

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By appointment.


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