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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.

  • Joseph O'Rourke, Interim 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
  • Susan Etheredge, Dean of the College, non-voting
  • Gretchen Herringer, Registrar, non-voting
  • Frazer Ward, Faculty Council Representative, non-voting
  • Gary Lehring (2019)
  • Richard Millington (2021)
  • Stan Scordilis (2021)
  • Susan Voss (2019)
  • Nancy Whittier (2021)

Course Information

Smith College Course Catalog

Curricular Approvals and Changes


Thursday, November 15, 2018 Proposals for new courses to be offered fall 2019 and Interterm 2020
Friday, March 15, 2019 Proposals for new courses to be offered spring 2020

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

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