Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning
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.
New at the Sherrerd Center
Sherrerd Idea Swaps: informal, remote get-togethers where teachers can share what went well for them this Spring, what they would do differently, and/or any other lessons learned from our Pandemic Spring semester. We hope to gather the best principles from teaching remotely this Spring to inform workshops and other faculty development. Please fill out this form to RSVP and let us know which Idea Swap(s) you'd like to participate in and we will send you the schedule and Zoom meeting details (it's fine to visit the form more than once if you'd like to add another Idea Swap). We anticipate each Idea Swap will meet a couple of times initially and then we'll evaluate the best paths forward.
New Idea Swaps:
Shannon Audley/Marney Pratt: Ideas for field-based teaching/learning
Carole DeSanti: Ideas for fostering a workshop environment online (creative writing or arts focus)
Nick Howe: Ideas from/for teaching computer programming
Marney Pratt/Joe Yeager: Ideas for lab-based teaching/learning
Patty DiBartolo and Bona Kang: Ideas from junior and contingent faculty
Angie Hauser: Ideas from studio making and practice classes
Caroline Melly/Liz Pryor: Ideas for centering equity and student wellness in the “remote” classroom
Borjana Mikic: Ideas from collaborative project/problem-based classes
Roisin O’Sullivan/Cornelia Pearsall: Ideas from/for a discussion based/seminar class
Sara Pruss: Ideas from faculty with special studies/research students
Kevin Shea: Teaching large (50+ students) introductory or intermediate classes
Sujane Wu: Ideas from faculty for teaching languages, literature and culture remotely
Email us with questions or feedback.
Theme for 2019–20: Partnership
Just as we at the Sherrerd Center believe that there are many different ways to teach well and that all teaching is improvable, we also understand that there are different kinds of partnerships (student-faculty, peer instructor, institutional, community, etc.), and all partnerships are improvable. Learn more about this year’s theme.
Director of Learning, Research, and Technology
Associate Professor of Dance (Sabbatical 2019-20)
Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering (Sabbatical 2019-20)
Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering
Professor of Economics