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April 21, 2008

Three Smith College Faculty Honored for Teaching

NORTHAMTPON, Mass. -- Three faculty members were recently named winners of the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching, Smith College’s annual award recognizing outstanding teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence in the classroom.

Randall Bartlett, professor of economics; John Brady, the Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Geology; and Patricia DiBartolo, associate professor of psychology, will be honored at a 5 p.m. ceremony Friday, October 24, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

Established in 2002 with a donation by the late Kathleen Sherrerd and her husband, John Sherrerd, who died earlier this month, the award has been bestowed upon 20 faculty members to date. View past recipients of the Sherrerd Award.

The three 2008 Sherrerd Award recipients will be honored during a presentation of the awards in October. Each award includes a framed citation and a stipend of $5,000. Names of award winners are engraved on a plaque displayed in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.


Randall Bartlett

Bartlett joined the college’s Department of Economics in 1979 following teaching positions at Williams College, the University of Washington, and at Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree and doctorate. He teaches courses exploring a range of economical issues, including micro and macroeconomics, public finance, urban economics, and race and policy. His publications include articles on urban economy and teaching, as well as the books “Economic Power: An Inquiry in Human Relations” and “Markets and The Crisis of America’s Cities.” Bartlett was awarded the All College Distinguished Teaching Award for senior faculty at Smith in 1993, and received the college’s Distinguished Professor Award, given each year during Commencement exercises, in 2003.



John Brady 

Brady has taught geology at Smith since he arrived in 1975 following graduate work at Harvard University. His research interests range from the evolution of metamorphic rocks in Montana and Greece to atomic diffusion measurements – “cooking rocks” – in the experimental petrology lab.  He tries to develop hands-on, inquiry-based activities for his courses that will help students learn complex concepts. These activities have led him to be a co-organizer of National Science Foundation-funded workshops about teaching mineralogy and petrology. Brady’s favorite place to teach is outside. Outcrops across western Massachusetts provide the classroom and content for his first year seminar, Geology in the Field.


Patricia DiBartolo

DiBartolo graduated from Smith in 1989 and returned as a faculty member six years later after receiving a doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York-Albany. DiBartolo teaches clinical psychology, advanced research methods, and child and adolescent anxiety disorders. Her research specialties include social anxiety and the phenomenology and clinical correlates of perfectionism. She has published more than 30 articles and chapters on these topics, co-edited the volume “From Social Anxiety to Social Phobia: Multiple Perspectives,” and co-authored a therapist guide titled “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Social Phobia in Adolescents: Stand Up, Speak Out.” DiBartolo is also a member of the working group charged with developing the college’s strategic initiative to “Promote a Culture of Research, Inquiry and Discovery” and serves on Faculty Council.



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