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Academics & Teaching

Andrea Stone teaching in classroom, Smith College

The content, development, delivery and assessment of all academic programs fall under the purview of the faculty, led by the provost and dean of the faculty. The provost works closely with the associate provost and dean for academic development, the associate dean of the faculty, director of graduate programs and the dean of the School for Social Work. Together, these deans oversee and integrate the college's varied academic efforts to ensure excellence in teaching, learning and research and to create a thriving community for students, faculty and staff.


Committee on Academic Priorities

The provost chairs the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP), an elected committee of faculty, charged with establishing and maintaining the educational and curricular priorities of the undergraduate, certificate and graduate programs of the college.

CAP's mandates include: the review and authorization of new programs, course offerings and changes in requirements; long-range planning of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum; review and authorizations of annual tenure-track requests; and long-range planning of the shape of the faculty (Faculty Code, sec. 24). Through a well-defined subcommittee structure, CAP also oversees credit-hour compliance, assessment of departmental and institutional student-learning goals, honors and independent studies projects, and the college's writing intensive guidelines.

  • Katherine Rowe, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Chair, non-voting
  • Bill Peterson, Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development, non-voting
  • Patricia DiBartolo, Associate Dean of the Faculty & Dean for Academic Development, non-voting
  • Donna Lisker, Dean of the College, non-voting
  • Bosiljka Glumac, Faculty Council Representative (2018), non-voting
  • Gretchen Herringer, Registrar, non-voting
  • Nicholas Howe (2020)
  • Gary Lehring (2019)
  • Alexandra Keller (2018)
  • Hélène Visentin (2018)
  • Nathanael Fortune (2018)

Course Information

Smith College Course Catalog

Curricular Approvals and Changes


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Proposals for new courses to be offered fall 2018 and Interterm 2019
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Proposals for new courses to be offered spring 2019

Consult the table below to understand approvals necessary for curricular additions and changes. Links to appropriate forms are included in the table.