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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.

News and Events

Caroline Melly, associate professor of anthropology, has been appointed to a three-year term as director of Smith’s Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning (beginning in July). Melly, who received a Sherrerd Teaching award in 2014 and is currently a teaching mentor at the center, joined the Smith faculty in 2008.



Sara Pruss

Director of the Sherrerd Center
Professor of Geosciences

Sherry Wingfield

Sherrerd Center Coordinator

Advisory Board

2021–22 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 

Borjana Mikic

Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering
Sabbatical 2021-2022

Roisin O'Sullivan

Professor of Economics

Cornelia Pearsall

Professor of English Language & Literature

Beth Powell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry
Sabbatical 2021-2022

Fraser Stables

Professor of Art, Associate Dean of Integrated Learning

Tina Wildhagen

Associate Professor of Sociology 

Sujane Wu

Associate Professor of Chinese Language & Literature