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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

We are pleased to announce that Patty DiBartolo will serve as the Interim Director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning for the academic year 2023-24. Caroline Melly will return to the role of director in academic year 2024-25 after a year-long sabbatical.



Caroline Melly

Director of the Sherrerd Center
Professor of Anthropology

Sherry Wingfield

Sherrerd Center Coordinator

Advisory Board and Teaching Mentors

2022–23 Members

Shannon Audley

Associate Professor of Education and Child Study

Jean Ferguson

Director of Learning, Research, and Technology

Susannah Howe 

Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, Class Dean 

Scott LaCombe

Assistant Professor of Government and of Statistical and Data Sciences 

Borjana Mikic

Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering

Roisin O'Sullivan

Professor of Economics

Teaching Mentors:

Patty DiBartollo

Caroline L. Wall ’27 Professor of Psychology

Beth Powell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Marney Pratt

Senior Laboratory Instructor in Biology

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry

Fraser Stables

Professor of Art, Associate Dean of Integrated Learning

Atsuko Takahashi

Senior Lecturer in Japanese

Traci-Ann Wint

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies




Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

Associate Professor of History