Kenneth   C.  Smith

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 3.120
Phone: (956) 665-2063
Email: kenneth.smith@utrgv.edu

Dr. Kenneth C. Smith

Dr. K. Christopher Smith's focus is chemistry education research.





Selected Publications


  • Kenneth Smith and Adrian Sepulveda. "Students’ perceptions of common practices, including some academically dishonest practices, in the undergraduate general chemistry classroom laboratory," Chemistry Education Research and Practice Advance Article, (2018): 9.

  • Nilda Camarena and Kenneth Smith. "Analyzing students’ plans to enroll in advanced placement (AP) chemistry and chemistry at the university level in a predominantly Hispanic region," Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 24, (2018): 81-93.

  • Kenneth Smith and Savannah Villarreal. "A reply to ‘‘Reinterpretation of students’ ideas when reasoning about particle model illustrations. A response to ‘‘Using animations in identifying general chemistry students’ misconceptions and evaluating their knowledge transfer relating to particle position in physical changes’’ by Smith and Villarreal (2015)’’," Chemistry Education Research and Practice 16, (2015): 701-703.

  • Kenneth Smith and Savannah Villarreal. "Using animations in identifying general chemistry students’ misconceptions and evaluating their knowledge transfer relating to particle position in physical changes," Chemistry Education Research and Practice 16, (2015): 273-282.

  • Kenneth Smith and Ariana Garza. "Using conductivity measurements to determine the identities and concentrations of unknown acids: An inquiry laboratory experiment," Journal of Chemical Education 92, (2015): 1373-1377.

  • Kenneth Smith and Diana Cedillo. "Determining the amount and time of release of acetaminophen from gel capsules," Journal of Chemical Education 91, (2014): 437-439.

  • Liang Zeng and Kenneth Smith. "Illustrations and supporting texts for sound standing waves of air columns in pipes in introductory physics textbooks.," Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 10, (2014): 020110-1 – 020110-24.

  • Annette Flores and Kenneth Smith. "Spanish-speaking English language learners’ experiences in high school chemistry education," Journal of Chemical Education 90, (2013): 152-158.

  • Kenneth Smith and Angelica Cardenas. "Introducing multicultural science into the chemistry curriculum in the Mexican-American border region," Journal of College Science Teaching 41, (2012): 30-35.

  • Etinosa Edionwe, John Villarreal, and Kenneth Smith. "How much cranberry juice is in cranberry-apple juice? A general chemistry spectrophotometric experiment," Journal of Chemical Education 88, (2011): 1410-1412.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Kenneth Smith. Supporting the Preparation of Science and Mathematics Teachers in Rural South Texas, National Science Foundation, $1,199,508.00 (August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2023)

  • Edgar Corpuz. Enhancing the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Development of Predominantly Hispanic STEM Majors in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics), National Science Foundation, $599,980.00 (April 15, 2012 - March 31, 2019)

  • Edgar Corpuz. Preparing STEM Majors to Become Highly-Qualified Chemistry and Physics High School Teachers in a Predominantly Hispanic Region, National Science Foundation, $1,192,368.00 (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2017)

  • David Tsay. UTPA Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Academy (MSTPA), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, $700,000.00 (July 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011)

  • John Villarreal. Preliminary Proposal to Replicate UTeach, Greater Texas Foundation, $45,000.00 (August 1, 2010 - December 3, 2010)

  • Kenneth Smith. National Science Teachers Association Institutes/Workshops on Accessible Science Education for Students with Disabilities, UTPA Faculty Development Council’s Faculty Development Fund Program, $1,512.00 (November 20, 2008)



Selected Presentations


  • Edgar Corpuz, Kenneth Smith, and Liang Zeng. "Enhancing the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Development of Predominantly Hispanic STEM Majors in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)," 2018 AAPT Summer Meeting, American Association of Physics Teachers, Washington, DC (August 2018)

  • Kenneth Smith and Valeria Alonso. "Measuring student engagement in general chemistry laboratories," 12th Annual UTeach Conference, Austin, TX (May 2018)

  • Cerin Tomson and Kenneth Smith. "Student perceptions of general chemistry pre-laboratory activities," UTRGV College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, Edinburg, TX (April 2018)

  • Cerin Tomson and Kenneth Smith. "Student perspectives on general chemistry pre-laboratory activities," 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

  • Kenneth Smith. "Students’ use of online resources in preparation for general chemistry," 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

  • Kenneth Smith, Elizabeth Goldberg, Omar Elizondo, and Claudia Medrano. "Training the next generation of science and mathematics teachers," 4th Annual PSJA ISD “College for All” Conference, McAllen, TX (November 2017)

  • Nilda Camarena and Kenneth Smith. "Analyzing students’ plans to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry and chemistry at the university level in a predominantly Hispanic region," 69th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Charlotte, NC (November 2017)

  • Genesis Heredia, Marco Lumbreras, and Kenneth Smith. "High school teachers’ views on chemistry labs," 69th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Charlotte, NC (November 2017)

  • Adrian Sepulveda and Kenneth Smith. "Student perceptions of chemistry laboratory practices," 69th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Charlotte, NC (November 2017)

  • Edgar Corpuz, Jaime Curts, K. Christopher Smith, John Villarreal, and Liang Zeng. "Preparing STEM majors become highly-qualified chemistry and physics high school teachers in a predominantly hispanic region," NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference, National Science Foundation and Advancing Science, Serving Society, Washington DC (June 2014)

Current Courses

BIOL 3330 02I - Functions and Modeling:
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CHEM 1312 04P - General Chemistry II:
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CHEM 1312 04P - General Chemistry II:
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BIOL 3330 01I - Functions and Modeling:
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