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

Spring 2023

42908EWRT 1A10QComposition and Reading
46782LART 25010QAcademic Reading and Writing

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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