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Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching

Sherrerd Prizes for Teaching

The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is given annually to Smith faculty members in recognition of their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

Three Faculty Members Chosen for 2016 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

Payal Banerjee, assistant professor of sociology; Naomi J. Miller, professor of English and the study of women and gender; and Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, assistant professor of history, have been chosen to receive the 2016 Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching. This year’s award recipients will be formally recognized at an October 13 ceremony and reception which are open to the campus community. More...

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Please submit your nomination using the online nomination form.


About the Prize

The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J.F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching was made possible by a grant to the college by Smith alumna Kathleen Compton Sherrerd, a 1954 graduate, and her husband, John J.F. Sherrerd.

Smith has long placed a high value on teaching and welcomes the establishment of the Sherrerd Prize as a visible symbol of its commitment and dedication to superior pedagogy. "Smith College has traditionally emphasized the importance of dynamic, diverse and interactive teaching in imparting the principles of the sciences and liberal arts to its high-achieving students," said President Carol T. Christ at the establishment of the prize. "The college considers the teaching of its students to be among its most essential objectives as a leading institution of women's education."


Requests for Nominations

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Please submit your nomination using one of the following methods:

If you send a nomination email or letter, please be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Whether you are a Smith student, faculty member, or alumna
  • The name of the teacher you are nominating
  • A statement explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award. Try to be specific about teaching techniques or course design that you consider to be effective. You may also comment on how the teacher affects students' overall growth and education.

Recipients

2015
  • Justina Gregory ’67, Sophia Smith Professor of Classical Languages and Literature
  • Sara B. Pruss, Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Alan N. Rudnitsky, Professor of Education and Child Study
2014
  • Rodger Blum, Professor of Dance
  • Caroline Melly, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Mary Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics
2013
  • Andrea Hairston, Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies
  • Susannah Howe, Director of the Design Clinic and Senior Lecturer in Engineering
  • Douglas Patey, Sophia Smith Professor of English Language and Literature
2012
  • Michael Barresi, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Floyd Cheung, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature
  • Jennifer Guglielmo, Associate Professor of History
2011
  • Leonard Berkman, Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre
  • Susan Van Dyne, Professor of the Study of Women and Gender
  • Gregory White, Professor of Government
2010
  • Nicholas Horton, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Róisín O’Sullivan, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Michael Thurston, Professor of English Language and Literature
2009
  • Kimberly Kono, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Beth Powell, Lecturer in Psychology
  • Kate Queeney, Associate Professor of Chemistry
2008
  • Randall Bartlett, Professor of Economics
  • John B. Brady, Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Geology
  • Patricia Marten DiBartolo ’89, Professor of Psychology
2007
  • Mary Harrington, Tippit Professor in the Life Sciences
  • Sabina Knight, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Borjana Mikic, Associate Professor of Engineering
  • Kevin Quashie, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies
2006 (Fall)
  • Justin Cammy, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
  • John Hellweg, Professor of Theater
  • Samuel Intrator, Associate Professor of Education and Child Study
  • Kevin Shea, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
2006 (Spring)
  • Giovanna Bellesia, Professor of Italian Language and Literature
  • H. Robert Burger, Achilles Professor of Geology
  • Glenn Ellis, Associate Professor of Engineering
  • Marguerite Harrison, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
2005
  • Patrick Coby, Professor of Government
  • Susan Etheredge, Associate Professor of Education and Child Study
  • Dana Leibsohn, Associate Professor of Art
  • William Oram, Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature
2004
  • David Cohen, Professor of Mathematics
  • Shizuka Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Mahnaz Mahdavi, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Vittoria Poletto, Senior Lecturer in Italian Language and Literature