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“Teaching is a performative act. And it is that aspect of our work that offers the space for change, invention, spontaneous shifts, that can serve as a catalyst drawing out the unique elements in each classroom. To embrace the performative aspect of teaching we are compelled to engage “audiences”, to consider issues of reciprocity. Yet it is meant to serve as a catalyst that calls everyone to become more and more engaged, to become active participants in learning”  From Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks.

My teaching, research, and artwork include video, arts-based research, stop motion animation, ‘zines, performance, sound, and new media. As an educator, I am deeply interested in fostering the creative space that occurs during the process of making an artwork. Throughout the process of teaching a class, I want to make the classroom a center of dialogue, discourse, discussion. I also want it to be a place where students can feel free to experiment in both form and content. I am very interested in the intersection of art and ecology, as well as crossing interdisciplinary boundaries. 

Sam teaches in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Integrated Teaching through the Arts program at Lesley.

Video Portfolio


MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, studio arts
BFA, Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art (graduated with distinction)
Additional Certifications: TEFL Certification, International Teacher Training Organization, Guadalajara, Mexico
Teaching English through Technology, International Teacher Training Organization

Selected Publications

  • 2015 Field Recording or Field Observation?: Audio Meets Method in Qualitative Research. The Qualitative Report, 20(11), 1812-1822. Retrieved from
  • 2013 Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Science. Shell Publishing, 2013. Co-authored with Vivian Poey, Nicole Weber, and Gene Diaz.
  • 2013 Ometeca Journal Volume 18. Translation in collaboration with Ana Lucía Alonso. “Horacio
  • Kalibang o los Autómatas by Eduardo Ladislao Holmberg. This is an Argentinian science fiction story from 1876.
  • 2012 Ometeca Journal Volume 17. Book Review: The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction, by Rachel Heywood Ferreira. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2011. 301 pp. Reviewed by Sam Smiley: p. 197
  • 2012 IX Jornadas Latinoamericanas de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (conference and curated journal) “Colisiones: Qualitative Arts Based Research and Science Technology Studies” co-written with Ilana Boltvinik.
  • 2011 Ometeca Journal Volume 16. “Scientific American”: Histories, Fictions, and Representations” by Sam Smiley: p. 95.

Selected Presentations

International Visiting Artist Lectures and Workshops:

  • 2014, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City. March 14, 2014. Invitation to screen “The Queen of Kudzu”
  • 2012, Tránsitos del Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City. Artist residency and workshop. Worked with interdisciplinary class to produce a bilingual video compilation called “INtransit V.7: dGen.” on art and genetics.
  • 2010, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City. May 21, 2010. Invitation to screen “scientific american/La America Científica”
  • 2006, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. March 16, 2006. Presented work in information theory to Communications Studies Department

Selected Exhibits

  • 2015. AMP Art Market Provincetown: Folius Electronicus. Outdoor sound installation of speaker vines
  • 2014. Paris, France presented at Ethnografilm Documentary Festival
  • 2013. Art on the Marque. “Marine Invaders” Large scale video on 80 foot tall multi-screen LED, curated by Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention and Exhibition Center. Boston, Massachusetts, U.S