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Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning


Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning

Bass Hall 416 & Seelye Hall B8
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3562
Professor Kate Soper teaching in a music classroom

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 & Events

Demonstration of HistoryMakers Digital Archive

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Campus Center 204
Event open to faculty, staff and students.
Lunch provided (meat, vegetarian, vegan, GF options). Please RSVP by March 23rd.

Smith College Libraries and the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to a lunchtime demo and discussion of the HistoryMakers Digital Archive, with HistoryMakers founder and Executive Director - Julieanna Richardson, and co-presenter Dionti Davis. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an extensive video archive of African-American oral histories that is newly available through Smith College Libraries. Explore how this collection of 19th, 20th, and 21st century narratives can be a resource for your research and teaching. This resource can help Smith instructors create and maintain inclusive learning environments.

Summer Institute: Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership

May 22, 2018 & May 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A maximum of 10 Smith College faculty members will spend two full days on the following:

  • Reading and discussing relevant publications on student-faculty partnerships.
  • Focusing on the potential of partnerships to interrupt bias, to support the development of classrooms more welcoming to a diversity of students, and contribute to the design of inclusive curricula.
  • Hearing from students at Smith and elsewhere about their experiences and perspectives on learning, teaching and partnership.
  • Preparing to participate in a partnership during the 2017–18 academic year.
To apply for the institute, send a letter of interest by April 1, 2018, to Floyd Cheung, director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning. In your application please describe possible courses in 2018–19 that could benefit from student-faculty partnership. Faculty participants in the institute are not required but are strongly encouraged to participate in the pilot program itself. Student partners selected later may be eligible for grants or other compensation.

Please refer to our Pedagogical Partnership Page for more information about the program.

Teaching and Learning in Tumultuous Times

As fall classes begin, we return to the familiar rhythm of the academic year. At the same time, however, all of us—students, faculty and staff—are affected by events in the world. Right now, we find ourselves teaching and learning in the wake of violence in Charlottesville and in the middle of hurricane season. If you are looking for resources, we recommend a webpage on Teaching After Charlottesville by Derek Bruff and our own PDF on Teaching in Tumultuous Times

Pedagogical Partnership Program in the SAQ

An article about the Smith College Pedagogical Partnership Program was included in the Fall 2017 Smith Alumnae Quarterly. Flip to page 9 to read the article featuring Angelica Vargas '17, Tina Wildhagen, associate professor of sociology, and Floyd Cheung, director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning and professor of English languages and literatures and American studies.


Floyd Cheung

Director of the Sherrerd Center
Professor of English Language & Literature and American Studies

Johanna Ravenhurst

Sherrerd Center Coordinator

Advisory Board

2017–18 Members

Jennifer Beichman

Lecturer in Mathematics & Statistics

Angie Hauser

Associate Professor of Dance

Susannah Howe

Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering

Zaza Kabayadondo

Co-Director of the Design Thinking Initiative

Tom Laughner

Director of Educational Technology Services

Sara Pruss

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry

Tina Wildhagen

Associate Professor of Sociology

Sujane Wu

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures