Hadley (Scott) Smith

Retired Assistant Professor, Writing
Specialty: Composition--Argument

I’m a native Ithacan and can recall when Ithaca College was located downtown before the South Hill campus was built. After high school, I studied humanities and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then returned to Ithaca for graduate work, completing an M.A.T. in English education and an M.A. in educational psychology, both at Cornell University. Much later, I received an M.L.S. degree in library science from Syracuse University. I taught composition at Arkansas State University and Northern Virginia Community College before coming to Ithaca College in 1981. I currently teach courses in academic writing and argument. The four academic writing textbooks that I’ve co-authored with Mary and William Kennedy have been adopted on over 500 campuses. My wife Nancy and I have two grown children and one child at home. 


  • academic writing
  • argument


  • M.L.S, Information Studies, Syracuse University, 1989
  • M.A. Educational Psychology, Cornell University, 1979
  • M.A.T. English Education, Cornell University, 1973
  • B.S. Science and Humanities, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1972

Some Publications

  • Writing in the Disciplines. Prentice Hall. 2004, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1987.
  • Reading and Writing in the Academic Community. Prentice Hall. 2010, 2005, 2001, 1994.
  • Word Processing for College Writers. Prentice Hall. 1989.
  • Academic Writing. Prentice Hall. 1986.