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At the Jacobson Center, we seek to improve the teaching and learning of Smith College students. More specifically, we offer students several services aimed at enabling them to make the most of their educations. These services include writing counseling; the opportunity to use student tutors or serve as a student tutor; and workshops on time management, study skills, and other academic issues. We also offer the faculty support of several kinds: writing and teaching colloquia, a library of materials about teaching and learning, and individual consultation on classroom issues.

About Our Name

The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning takes its name from Joan Leiman Jacobson ’47, whose generous gift makes possible its programs.

“When I entered Smith,” she says, “every student was required to take English 11, a course designed to lead us to read with care and understanding and to write English correctly and clearly. I learned then that a precise word would convey my meaning better than a vague or flowery phrase and to appreciate the beauty of disciplined writing. My entire life has been informed and enabled by what I was taught at that time.”

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Elliot Offner

Elliot Offner (B.F.A., M.F.A. Yale) is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Department of Art at Smith College, where he taught from 1960 until his retirement in 2004. He is a sculptor and a graphic artist whose work is in such collections as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Brooklyn Museum. His many public commissions include three heroic scale sculptures and a fountain in Minneapolis. At Smith, his two public works are the bronze Heron at the Lyman Plant House and the bronze Horse at the stable. He has designed a number of medals for the College, including the Smith Award.




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