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Each academic year the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty offers a variety of lectures, luncheons and faculty development workshops that feature Smith faculty and visiting professors.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Singing With Your Pants On Fire: Musical Lies in a Post-Truth World

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Kate Soper, Iva Dee Hiatt Assistant Professor of Music

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Misconceptions about conception and other fallacies: historical bias in reproductive biology

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Virginia Hayssen, Mary Maples Dunn Professor of Biological Sciences

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Borrowing Time: Inscriptions of Class and Memory

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Lynne Yamamoto, Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Playing for Change: Out-of-School Programming's Quest to Close Opportunity Gaps

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Sam Intrator, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Education and Child Study

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Engineering & Hearing:  Sound transmission through the ear

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Susan Voss, Achilles Professor of Engineering

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Posthuman Bliss: A Combustible Mix of Flaws and Fantasy

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Susan Levin, Professor of Philosophy and Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities

The Katharine Asher Engel Lectureship at Smith College was established in 1958 by the National Council of Jewish Women to honor the memory of Mrs. Engel, its onetime president, a graduate of Smith College, 1920. Mrs. Engel's life was one of generous participation in educational, civic, religious and welfare activities. In endowing the lectureship, the council hoped to "create a bond between a remarkable woman, her college, and the organization to which she was devoted." Under the terms of the grant, the holder of the annual lectureship must be a member of the Smith College faculty who has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge in his or her field.

The 2017-18 Engel lecture will be presented by Jill de Villiers, Sophia & Austin Smith Professor of Psychology & Philosophy

Monday, April 16, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m., Smith College Alumnae House Conference Hall

Photo of Jill de Villiers, Professor of Philosophy and Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology

Jill de Villiers has authored and edited four books about language acquisition and numerous chapters and journal articles, most of them on the acquisition of complex syntax in preschoolers. She is now studying the impact of language acquisition on cognitive development, particularly on theory of mind. In addition to the development of new diagnostic tests for language assessment, she consults on designing computer software for language intervention.

De Villiers received her bachelor's in psychology from Reading University in England in 1969 and then a doctorate in experimental psychology from Harvard University in 1974, where she worked on language acquisition. She then taught at Harvard as an assistant professor of psychology from 1974 to 1979. In 1979 she took a position jointly in the psychology and philosophy departments at Smith College, where she is now the Sophia and Austin Smith Professor.

This fall, Niall Kirkwood joins the Smith College community as the 2017 William Allan Neilson Professor. Hosted by the landscape studies and engineering departments, Kirkwood will deliver three public lectures in a series called Design Matters: Landscape Practices, Pedagogy and Projects, which will address the changing nature of the contemporary environment and the role of design, planning and engineering in confronting alternative forms of practice, pedagogy and project types. Kirkwood will use materials from three of the current courses he teaches at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to draw out principles and precedents. Videos of the lectures will be available on the Kahn Institute website following each lecture.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Design Matters: Practices

"Flying Toilets and Oyster Shells: Landscape Design Practices for the New Environmental Reality"
3-5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, hosted by the Department of Landscape Studies

Emerging modes of practice by young designers in landscape design and engineering to address the changing nature of environmental problems and conditions are introduced along with their ambitions and directions to address informal settlements and topics in climate change. The Offices of KDI in Kibera, Kenya, and Scape in New York, led by graduates from the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University GSD, are highlighted. The material of this lecture is taken from Kirkwood’s graduate lecture/workshop GSD 7241: The Practices of Landscape Architecture.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Design Matters: Pedagogy

"Fifth Industrial Revolution: An Index of Current Landscape and Engineering Teaching and Research"
5–6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

The City of Ulsan in the Republic of Korea is introduced as a laboratory of industrial ecology and a locale of shifting economies and inventive environments addressing energy, waste and metabolism. In particular the so-named 'Fifth Industrial Revolution' is discussed as a systematic transformation combining new methods of manufacture with changes to resources identity and the meanings of nature and the natural. Recent design studios based in the Republic of Korea will address a range of alternative futures for the modern industrial city at a time of changing environmental, economic and social realities. The material of this lecture is taken from Kirkwood’s graduate advanced studios GSD 1406: Seoul Remade and GSD 1409: Ulsan Remade as well as research from the Center for Technology and Environment (CTE) at the Harvard Design School.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Matters: Projects

"Poetics of Construction: Seeing, Judging and Thinking in the Contemporary Landscape"
5–6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, hosted by the Department of Engineering

Design in landscape architecture constructively engages in the making and remaking of cleared or reused sites either through development, regeneration, preservation or conservation. This engagement has environmental, social and expressive aims. Among these are the ideas of 'soft' engineering, the development and application of traditional and emerging technologies in landscape architecture, and the concerns of durability, weathering and resilience of material and assembly over time. A range of projects addressing microclimate, soil erosion, pollutants and water control will illustrate the role of the planner and designer in shaping the contemporary world. The material of this lecture is taken from Kirkwood’s graduate lecture/workshop GSD 6242: Ecologies, Techniques and Technologies IV.

Niall Kirkwood
Niall Kirkwood is a landscape architect, technologist and tenured professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught full-time since 1992. He holds the Dr. Gerard O’Hare Visiting Chair at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and has held faculty appointments at Beijing University, China Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Korea University, Seoul, and was on the advisory council, School of Architecture University of Hong Kong (2010–14). He is the founding professor and dean of landscape architecture, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing University (BUCEA), and a member of the senior advisory board of the Rural Planning Center, China and a member of the academic advisory board of Beijing Advanced Innovation Center of Urban Design for Future Cities.

He teaches, carries out research and publishes on a range of topics related to design, the built environment and the sustainable reuse of land including urban regeneration, landfill and post-mining site reclamation, brownfields, environmental site technologies, site construction and project management and international urban development and infrastructure. His applied design concepts on brownfield lands ‘Manufactured Sites’, ‘China Brown’, ‘Phyto’ and urban water management ‘Sponge Cities’ are currently adopted by research centers and government agencies in China.

His English language publications include Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape (Taylor Francis/Routledge); Principles of Brownfield Regeneration (Island Press); PHYTO: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (Taylor Francis/Routledge); Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture (John Wiley); and The Art of Landscape Detail (John Wiley). He has also published these books in Chinese, Arabic and Korean. He is currently editor-in-chief of Nakhara journal, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; advisory editor of Worldscape Journal, Beijing; and Landscape Architecture Journal, South China University of Technology (SCUT) Guangzhou.

Prior to joining the GSD faculty, Kirkwood was a registered and licensed architect and landscape architect with 16 years of experience carrying out land reclamation and urban development projects in Scotland, the European mainland, the Middle East and the United States. He is a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Environment, the Harvard Committee on Health and the Global Environment and a member of the faculty steering committee of Harvard Institute for Global Health. He holds degrees from the University of Manchester, University of Ulster, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

The Smith College Department of English is pleased to host Mihoko Suzuki as the 2016-17 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Suzuki will give three public lectures in the series "Antigone's Example: Women's Political Writings in Times of Civil War." This series is hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature and made possible by the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Endowment for Renaissance Studies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Christine de Pizan and the Origin of Early Modern Women's Political Thought

5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Political Writing High and Low: Women of the French Fronde

5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The English Civil Wars: Margaret Cavendish and Her Contemporaries

5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Mihoko Suzuki is director of the Center for the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Miami. Her scholarship focuses on early modern literature and culture, English and European, with an emphasis on gender and authorship. Her publications include: Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority Difference and the Epic; Subordinate Subjects: Gender, the Political Nation and Literary Form in England, 1588-1688; Volume 3 of Palgrave History of British Women's Writing (1610-1690); Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 (with Cristina Malcolmson); The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe (with Anne J. Cruz); and the four-volume Women's Political Writings, 1610-1725 (with Hilda Smith and Susan Wiseman). She is co-editor of the award-winning Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Liberal Arts Luncheons

Liberal Arts Luncheons are sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) and take place from 12:00-1:00 in the Paradise Room of the Smith College Conference Center, uness otherwise noted.

Date Lecture Presenter(s)
February 1, 2018 The Risks and Rewards of Public Scholarship in Contemporary America Carrie Baker, Study of Women and Gender
February 8, 2018 Politics and Poetry in the Translation of Swiss-French Plays Kiki Gounaridou, Theatre
February 15, 2018 Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa Kim Dionne, Government
February 22, 2018 Dusk at MacLeish: Graphic Poems and the Arts Afield Initiative Pamela Petro and Naila Moreira
March 1, 2018 Queer Men's Desire and the Digital Life of HIV Prevention Technologies Rory Crath, School for Social Work
March 8, 2018 Short-term, Faculty-led Study Abroad and Global Citizenship Identification Lucy Mule, Shannon Audley, Education & Child Study, and Kate Aloisio, Institutional Research 
March 15, 2018 No Liberal Arts Luncheon (Spring Break)  
March 22, 2018 The Poetry of Medieval Healing Charms Nancy Bradbury, English
March 29, 2018 Setting the Tone: Preparation for Perception and Action Chris Aiken, Dance
April 5, 2018 The Italian Approach to Recycling Food and Land: Massimo Bottura and Libera Terra Giovanna Bellesia, Italian Studies
April 12, 2018 Educating for Servitude: Indigenous Children and the Indian Boarding School Movement Alice Hearst, Government
April 19, 2018 Translating Vichy and the Nazi Occupation: What do Americans know and how do they read it? David Ball, French Studies (Emeritus)
April 26, 2018 Quantum Computing Joseph O'Rourke, Computer Science

Sigma Xi Luncheons

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, meets regularly for talks and a complimentary lunch throughout the year. Talks are open to all faculty, staff and students.

Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A complimentary lunch is offered in McConnell Foyer. Please visit the Sigma Xi website for the schedule.

Faculty Development Workshops

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, in partnership with academic leaders, is offering the following faculty development workshops throughout May 2017.

Please note some workshops may require an application process. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia DiBartolo, at

May 8, 2017

Faculty-led Study Trips Abroad: Planning and Pedagogy for Cultural Learning Abroad

9-3 p.m. (lunch provided)
Lewis Global Studies Center Conference Room
Hosted by Lewis Global Studies Center

Limited to 15 participants for the full day. Additional space may be available for the afternoon session. Please RSVP to Sara Lark (, x2697) by May 4.

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The morning session of the workshop is specifically designed for faculty interested in leading short-term study programs abroad. The workshop will cover pedagogical principles of intercultural learning and offer activities for participants to consider how these are fundamental to a well-designed educational program abroad, as well as basic elements of risk management for Smith-sponsored educational travel. This is a required annual workshop for faculty leading the Global FLEX and other international travel programs supported by the Lewis Global Studies Center.
12:15-1 p.m. Conversations on program design will continue over lunch.
1-3 p.m. The afternoon session of the workshop will feature Janice Abarbanel, psychologist, health educator, and leading specialist in the field. Janice's session is entitled Guiding Emerging Adults Abroad Through the Lens of Emotional Resilience.

Workshop Leaders

Janice Abarbanel

Dr. Janice Abarbanel served for 3.5 years as NYU Berlin’s onsite psychologist and health educator. Her interest lies in the interface between studying abroad, the life stage of Emerging Adulthood, and emotional health - an outcome of her work as a US Peace Corps Volunteer and through her clinical practice in Washington DC. A graduate of Harvard and trained as a clinical psychologist in New Haven and Los Angeles, she now writes and speaks about the "Emotional Passport," training study abroad staff, college counselors, and faculty in the US and abroad about how emotional skill-building and resilience support academic success and personal development. Dr. Abarbanel recently served as the on-board psychologist with the Semester at Sea Spring 2016 academic voyage. She now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Rebecca Hovey

Rebecca is the Dean for International Study and a Director of Smith's Lewis Global Studies Center. She oversees risk management, study abroad programming, and strategic initiatives in international education at Smith. Her own academic work is in the field of critical pedagogy, global learning, and foundations of higher education.

Additional Workshop Contributors

  • Stacie Kroll, Five College Risk Manager
  • Lisa Johnson, Assistant Dean for International Study
  • Smith Faculty: Justin Cammy, Katwiwa Mule, and Lucy Mule

May 10, 2017

Account Security in the Age of Phishing - How to Protect Yourself

1-4 p.m. (drop-in sessions at the top and bottom of every hour)
Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Hosted by Educational Technology Services

No RSVP needed.

Want to feel safer about the security of your information? Smith is now offering two factor authentication to ensure that you're the only one who can access your accounts. ITS will be offering short sessions to introduce faculty to two factor authentication, including why it's important and how it works.

Please join us for this informative session about a new way of securing your email and other college information. If you choose, we'll get you enrolled on the spot, and as an added bonus, we'll give you a key fob to help get you started!

Workshop Leader

Ben Marsden, Information Security Director

May 11, 2017

Low Threshold, High Payoff: Promoting Engagement in the Classroom through Digital Writing

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Campus Center 205
Hosted by Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

Limited to 25 participants. Please RSVP to Patty Tran ( by May 5.

Participants will explore a range of options for integrating online and multimedia writing into classrooms. The workshop will demonstrate student projects and sample assignments along a continuum that ranges from design elements in print projects to online postings to visuals to audio to video. Emphasizing easy-to-implement activities and manageable learning curves, the facilitator will address points of resistance to the adoption of digital and media-oriented writing assignments. Strategies for assessing digital writing and for addressing concerns of intellectual property will be woven into the discussion and demonstrations. Breakout sessions will provide participants with opportunities to develop assignments and adapt the workshop approaches to their own classrooms. The workshop will also consider the benefits of integrating digital writing into curricula, including the possibilities for not only developing emerging media literacies but also extending familiar habits and rhetorical strategies. The workshop will also focus on ways that digital writing can be used to foster creativity, engagement, and internal motivation. Starting with approaches that lower the threshold for implementing assignments, the workshop will demonstrate a range of projects and guide participants toward possibilities for using digital writing to transform class activities.

Workshop Leader

Daniel Anderson

Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Anderson is an expert in digital humanities and digital rhetoric.

May 15 & 16, 2017 (both days)

Before and After: An Assessment of Students' Papers from Their First and Senior Years

May 15: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 16: 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Refreshments and lunch provided both days
Campus Center 204
Hosted by The Writing Committee and the Assessment Subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Priorities; Jacobson Center for for Writing, Teaching and Learning

Limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to Kayla Cheneba ( by May 11.

Do students improve as writers between the first and senior years? Join the writing committee, friends, and allies for a reading of papers written by the same students in their first and senior years. We'll read and discuss first-year papers from WI courses and senior papers from across the curriculum for a day and a half. This is not grading – it's expeditious, holistic assessment followed by discussion. Readers read at their own pace. All disciplines welcome.

Workshop Leaders

Julio Alves

Director, Jacobson Center

Cate Rowen

Executive Director, Institutional Research

Minh Ly

Associate Director, Educational Assessment

NB: Reviewers will receive a $400 stipend.

May 16, 2017

Small Teaching

James Lang, author of Small Teaching

12:15-3:15 p.m., Mount Holyoke College. For more information contact Maureen Babineau (

May 17, 2017

The First-Year Seminar and the Promise of Intellectual Writing

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch and refreshments provided)
Dewey Hall Common Room
Hosted by the director of the FYS program and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Limited to 25 participants. Open to all, not just those interested in teaching a FYS. Please RSVP to Patty Tran ( by May 12.

Perhaps it goes without saying that our work as academics shows up principally as discursive activity. We are able to differentiate various disciplinary communities by way of their preference for, traditions involving, and attitudes toward writing. Regularly, we expose our students to these preferences and (implicitly or explicitly) invite them to produce discourses that we recognize as discipline-specific. Here, writing is an instrument in service of an understanding of theories, methods, issues, and information associated with a tradition of scholarly inquiry.

But it can be argued that writing in the first year seminar, especially when such a course functions as a writing course, redistributes the writing/content dialectic. In such courses, a content (a constituent public or academic issue, question, or problem) is often explored so as to foreground the work of writing in its capacities to shape and change knowledge, with drafting and revising prose the primary focus for the course. Appropriately, such a focus energizes the overall goal of the course: to introduce students to intellectual life, constituted largely by transdisciplinary discursive practices (analysis, argument, and deliberation) where disagreement is an expected feature of public-intellectual exchange. For those of us who teach first-year seminars, we may pose a prudent question: Can we differentiate between the ways we make use of writing in the first-year seminar from the reasons and ways we turn to written work in more advanced disciplinary courses? How do our expectations for "good writing" in the first year differ from our valuation of robust disciplinary writing later on? How can a first-year seminar's intellectual agenda "stand its own ground?"

In the workshop, we'll think together about the purposes and goals of Smith's seminars and consider strategies for bringing and enhancing attention to writing in the first year.

Workshop Leader

Van E. Hillard

Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Director of the Writing Program, Davidson College

May 17 & 25, 2017 (both days)

The First-Year Seminar and the Promise of Intellectual Writing

9 a.m.-Noon (both days), with an invitation to stay until 4 p.m. (lunch and refreshments provided)
Capen Annex
Hosted by the Design Thininking Initiative

Please RSVP to Ailey Picasso-Hobin ( by May 12.

The Design Thinking Initiative is putting a twist on the process of crafting learning experiences for students. In this workshop we will jump-start syllabus design by incorporating insights and ideas from other workshop participants and by leveraging the concept of rapid prototyping – quick and early experiments or models that help answer tricky questions. We will use design thinking techniques and explore tools, methods, and course partnerships to build interdisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning into your courses. Faculty and staff are invited to bring ideas for courses or programs at various stages of development. Participants are welcome to come to one or both sessions and to continue to work in Capen Annex until 4 p.m. as schedules permit.

Workshop Leader

Zaza Kabayadondo

Co-director of the Design Thinking Initiative

May 19, 2017

Opportunities for Inclusive Learning: Accessible Technology for Your Classroom

9-11 a.m.
Seelye Hall 212
Hosted by Education Technology Services and the Office of Disability Services

Opportunities for Inclusive Teaching will be a hands-on session on how to review and select instructional technologies, and practice the steps needed to assure that text and media elements in courses are accessible to all learners.

Participants will have the chance to play with current tools for the creation and use of accessible materials. In addition to looking at course materials from both the instructor's role in creating and choosing course content and the students' role in accessing that content, we will have a discussion of accommodation vs universal design.

Workshop Leader

Laura Rauscher

Director of Disability Services

May 19, 2017

Exploring the ABCs of Inclusive Course Design

Noon-3 p.m. (lunch provided)
Kahn Colloquium Room
Hosted by the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to Johanna Ravenhurst ( by May 5.

In her book, "Can We Talk About Race?," Beverly Tatum argues that only some students are reflected in college course curricula. Using her ABCs of inclusivity (Affirming identity, Building community, and Cultivating leadership), this workshop will (1) work to uncover what our unspoken assumptions may be in structuring our courses; (2) discuss the potential implications of those assumptions on who is included in the story that our course tells about our field; and (3) reshape our own classes so that they begin to reflect all Smith students. Each workshop participant will be asked to choose a specific course to evaluate, and bring in syllabi and course assignments, so that we can begin the concrete journey of making our own courses more inclusive. Based on the backgrounds and goals of participants (to be collected in advance), we will focus our time together by working on course "stories" and goals, choosing examples and readings, and rethinking the structure of specific assignments through the lens of inclusivity and intersectionality. Prior attendance at the book discussion and/or Dr. Tatum's talk is NOT required – all are welcome!

Workshop Leaders

Shannon Audley

Shannon Audley (Education and Child Study) is a former high school science teacher turned educational psychologist. Her research interests focus on understanding how children's social interactions with peers and teachers influence their experiences of and reactions to (in)justice in the school setting.

Borjana Mikic (EGR)

Borjana Mikic (Engineering) is currently the faculty co-director of the Design Thinking Initiative and is a former director of the Sherrerd Center.

May 19, 2017

Liberal Arts Advising Workshop

1-3 p.m. (refreshments provided)
Campus Center 205
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Class Deans Office

Please RSVP to Kayla Cheneba ( by May 15.

This workshop is aimed at new and newish Liberal Arts Advisers as well as those of us who advise students informally outside that framework. We will go over the basics of Liberal Arts Advising – what it is and how to do it, including time to discuss specific questions that came up this past year for first-time advisers. We will also discuss some case studies to help you anticipate the kinds of situations you might encounter as an adviser, and to start developing strategies for addressing them. This workshop is being offered in response to feedback from new advisers that they would like more preparation than was available through the fall Adviser Orientation meeting. Any faculty or staff interested in advising are welcome to attend this workshop, but we hope all new Liberal Arts Advisers will attend.

Workshop Leaders

Scott Bradbury

LAA director

Jane Stangl

First-Year Class Dean

May 22, 2017

The Engaged Scholar: Crafting Effective Community Partnerships

8:30 a.m.-Noon (refreshments provided)
Jandon Center for Community Engagement
Hosted by Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE), the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS)

Limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to Patty Tran ( by May 18.

This workshop will focus on identifying best practices for engaging in effective community partnerships with a special focus on the how scientists can ethically partner in community driven efforts to address climate and health-related issues.

Workshop Leader

Yanna Lambrinidou

Medical ethnographer, adjunct assistant professor, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Virginia Tech

Yanna Lambrinidou is the founder of the non-profit children's environmental health organization Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives. Since 2007, Lambrinidou and Dr. Marc Edwards have teamed on researching the historic 2001-04 Washington, D.C., lead-in-drinking-water contamination. This work exposed wrongdoing and unethical behavior on the part of local and federal government agencies and evolved into several successful, interdisciplinary research proposals, presentations, and peer reviewed publications. In 2010, Lambrinidou conceived and co-taught the new graduate level engineering ethics class "Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Public Policy." In 2011, Lambrinidou, Edwards, and their collaborators were awarded a 3-year grant from the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for further development and national dissemination of this course. Lambrinidou is also teaching engineering ethics for continuing education of practicing engineers. Her previous research focused on hospice and pediatric cancer care.

May 22 & 24, 2017 (either day)

Interfolio Trainings for Search Committees

May 22: 2:30-4 p.m. or May 24: 9-10:30 a.m. (light refreshments provided both days)
Campus Center 103/104
Hosted by Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Limited to 30 participants per session. Please RSVP (one session only) to Sandra Blaney ( by May 19.

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty invites faculty and academic assistants to attend an Interfolio search-related tutorial. This workshop will review the ways committee managers and evaluators access applicant information and how best to utilize Interfolio during the search process. Departments anticipating national faculty searches for the 2018-19 academic year are especially encouraged to attend.

Workshop Leaders

David Schenirer

Client Success Manager, Interfolio

David works with institutional clients to conduct product on-boarding and implementation, provide day-to-day support, and be a strategic thought associate for partner institutions. David also works closely with institutional administrators to facilitate product feedback and better understanding outstanding institutional challenges.

Michael Raab

Director of Client Success, Interfolio

Michael has been with Interfolio for a little over one month, but has over 10 years of experience in the education technology space, and has worked for both Blackboard and Hobsons previously. He has a strong background in helping educational institutions adopt new technologies and improve workflows.

May 23, 2017

Interfolio Trainings for Candidates and Voting Members

8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. (light refreshments provided)
Campus Center 103/104
Hosted by Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Please RSVP to Hayley Spizz ( with the start time of the session you'd like to attend by Monday, May 22.

Beginning in 2017-18, Smith will be expanding its use of Interfolio for reappointment, tenure, and promotion reviews. These one-hour sessions will prepare candidates and voting members for using the platform for 2017-18 or later reviews. The meetings for candidates (beginning at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3 p.m.) will include an introduction to ByCommittee terms and user roles, managing your materials, and where to find support. The meetings for voting members in departments and the Committee on Tenure and Promotion (beginning at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) will include an introduction to ByCommittee terms and user roles, the candidate's perspective, viewing candidates' materials, uploading materials, and where to find support.

Workshop Leaders

David Schenirer

Client Success Manager, Interfolio

Michael Raeb

Director of Client Success, Interfolio

May 23 & 24, 2017 (both days)

Summer Institute: Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership

9 a.m.-3 p.m. (both days)
Seelye Hall B8
Hosted by Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Limited to 10 participants. Please apply to Floyd Cheung ( by May 1.

Student-faculty pedagogical partnerships are increasingly a focus of attention in both scholarship and practice. For instance, Healey, Flint, and Harrington (2014) recently wrote that engaging students and faculty effectively as partners in learning and teaching "is arguably one of the most important issues facing higher education in the 21st century"(p. 7), and they provide a wide range of examples of the proliferation of such partnerships. Likewise, the most recent issue of the International Journal for Academic Development, entitled "Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching: Implications for academic development," offers both arguments for and examples of student-faculty partnership projects in Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The McMaster Institute for Innovation and Enhancement in Teaching and Learning has organized the first International Summer Institute on Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, which took place in early May 2016. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation includes funds to support Smith College in joining Lafayette, Oberlin, Reed, and Ursinus Colleges in developing a student-faculty partnership program based on the Bryn Mawr/Haverford SaLT program.

Workshop Leader

Floyd Cheung

Director, Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning


To apply for the institute, send a letter of interest by May 1 to Floyd Cheung, Director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, at In your application please describe possible courses in 2017-18 that could benefit from student-faculty partnership.

May 26, 2017

Tenure and Promotion Workshop

9-11 a.m. (refreshments provided)
Dewey Common Room
Hosted by Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

May 30 & 31, 2017 (both days)

Pathways Survey Results and Action Plans

8:30-11 a.m. (both days)
Conference Center Oak Room (lower level)
Hosted by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Please RSVP to Hayley Spizz ( no later than May 22.

The Office of the Provost & Dean of the Faculty invites faculty members to attend a workshop on the Tenure and Promotion process. This session will provide an opportunity for faculty members approaching tenure and/or promotion reviews to meet with former members of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, Bill Peterson, and Hayley Spizz. Information to help in the preparation and submission of materials will be provided, and sample dossiers will be available for viewing. There will be ample time for questions.

This workshop is offered each January and May and faculty members may attend as often as they wish.

Workshop Leaders

Bill Peterson

Associate Provost & Dean for Academic Development

Hayley Spizz

Faculty Policies Specialist