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The Sherrerd Center organizes a variety of activities to help integrate new faculty into the Smith community and to help them think more deeply about their teaching. This begins with a presentation during new faculty orientation and continues with monthly New Faculty Seminar meetings. We offer a January teaching workshop to provide time for reflection on experiences from the fall semester while planning for the spring. We also coordinate mentoring for new tenure track faculty through the Board of Counselors program.

New Faculty Seminars

These seminars meet from noon - 1:00 p.m. in Seelye B8 (unless otherwise indicated), with lunch provided. The dates are as follows.

FALL 2015
September 22
October 21
November 23

This is a safe space for new faculty members to talk about whatever may be on their minds with one another, the Director of the Sherrerd Center, and one member of the Advisory Board of the Sherrerd Center. Lunch is provided but please let us know that you’re coming at least a few days beforehand by emailing the Sherrerd Center Administrative Assistant.

New Faculty should also consider attending the Teaching Arts Lunches and Teaching Circles.


Faculty Writing Workshop

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Interested in joining a writing group? Come learn the benefits and get started at this event hosted by the Sherrerd Center and Associate Provost. Traditional Smith Tea will be served to the first 20 people who arrive.

Led by Floyd Cheung and Bill Peterson.

Special Bonus: Learn about Provost Katherine Rowe's pivotal writing idea!


Discussion of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

January 21, 12:00-3:00 p.m. in Seelye Hall B8

Al Rudnitsky and Floyd Cheung will facilitate a discussion of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. In addition, they will run a course design workshop. Lunch will be provided.

If you need a copy of the book or would like to request a vegan or gluten-free lunch, please email the Sherrerd Center Administrative Assistant.

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