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Academics & Teaching

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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, the associate dean of the faculty & dean for academic development, director of graduate programs and the dean of the School for Social Work. Together they 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, VI.C.2). 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.

  • Michael Thurston, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Chair, non-voting
  • Bill Peterson, Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development, non-voting
  • Hélène Visentin, Associate Dean of the Faculty & Dean for Academic Development, non-voting
  • Baishakhi Taylor, Dean of the College, non-voting
  • Gretchen Herringer, Registrar, non-voting
  • Bosiljka Glumac, Faculty Council Representative, non-voting
  • Nicholas Howe (2021)
  • Samuel Intrator (2021)
  • Daphne Lamothe (2022)
  • Stan Scordilis (2021)
  • Nancy Whittier (2022)

Course Information

Smith College Course Catalog

Course Numbering Explanation

Latin Honors and Writing Intensive Designations

Writing Enriched Curriculum

Teaching Writing Intensive (WI) Courses

Curricular Approvals and Changes


Friday, November 13, 2020 Proposals for new courses to be offered fall 2021 and Interterm 2022
Friday, March 12, 2021 Proposals for new courses to be offered spring 2022

Consult the Curricular Approval Guidelines and Requirements link below to understand approvals necessary for curricular additions and changes. Links to appropriate forms are also included in the table.

Curricular Approval Guidelines and Requirements

Approved Curricular Items

New Course Proposal

New Course Proposal FAQs

Course Change Form (for existing courses)

Credit Hours and Academically Engaged Time

Smith College Profcast

In this series of videos, Smith College faculty from a range of academic disciplines discuss timely and thought-provoking topics related to their teaching, research and academic interests. The series showcases a range of ideas and perspectives, the vibrant community of scholars at Smith and the intellectual excitement Smith students experience every day.

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