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

Winter 2022

00763EWRT 1A15QComposition and Reading
36514LART 25015QAcademic Reading and Writing

Fall 2021

00873EWRT 1A05QComposition and Reading
00850EWRT 1A38ZComposition and Reading
25471LART 25005QAcademic 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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