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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 & Events

New Sherrerd Center Director

Sara Pruss, Professor of Geosciences, has been appointed to a three-year term as the next director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning. Read more on the news page.


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.


Grécourt Gate Article

The June 2019 article “What I Wish My Professors Knew” features Maddie Wettach (2018–19 SGA curriculum committee chair) and Floyd Cheung (2014–19 Sherrerd Center director).


Administration/Leadership

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 (Sabbatical 2019-20)

Susannah Howe 

Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering (Sabbatical 2019-20)

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

Al Rudnitsky

Professor of Education & Child Study

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry

Tina Wildhagen

Associate Professor of Sociology

Sujane Wu

Associate Professor of Chinese Language & Literature