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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning

Professor Kate Soper teaching in a music classroom

There are many different ways to teach well.

Good teaching is necessarily inclusive.

All teaching is improvable.

The Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning was founded in 2009 through a generous bequest from the family of Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd, longtime supporters of excellence in teaching at Smith College. The center enables the academic success of all Smith students through faculty development efforts that support teaching and learning at the college.

Some Faculty Resources for Remote Teaching in Fall 2020

Sherrerd Idea Swaps summary document: The Sherrerd Center held a series of Idea Swaps in Spring 2020 to facilitate conversations about what worked well and what could have gone better in our switch to remote teaching in March. More than 100 faculty and staff attended these Idea Swaps and shared their best thinking about their courses in the spring with an eye toward the fall. The summary document includes both the high-level themes that emerged from our Idea Swaps and that feel relevant to all courses we teach as well as thoughts and ideas that emerged from the individual Idea Swaps. We hope all people who teach at Smith will find this a useful document as they think about framing their courses for the Fall.

Sherrerd Sample First Day of Class Form/Questionnaire

Sample Syllabi Language Updated for Fall 2020


Sara Pruss

Director of the Sherrerd Center
Professor of Geosciences

Sherry Wingfield

Sherrerd Center Coordinator

Advisory Board

2019–20 Members

Jean Ferguson

Director of Learning, Research, and Technology

Angie Hauser 

Associate Professor of Dance

Susannah Howe 

Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, Class Dean 2020-2021

Borjana Mikic

Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering

Roisin O'Sullivan

Professor of Economics

Cornelia Pearsall

Professor of English Language & Literature

Beth Powell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry

Tina Wildhagen

Associate Professor of Sociology (Sabbatical 2020-2021)

Sujane Wu

Associate Professor of Chinese Language & Literature