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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.

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Theme for 2018–19: Partnership

While solitude has its purposes and charms, many activities like teaching and learning benefit from 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 understand that there are a variety of different kinds of partnership (student-faculty, peer instructor, institutional, community, etc.) and all partnerships are improvable. Learn more about this year’s theme.


Floyd Cheung

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

Johanna Ravenhurst

Sherrerd Center Coordinator

Advisory Board

2018–19 Members

Jennifer Beichman

Lecturer in Mathematics & Statistics

Yasmin Eisenhauer

Associate Director, Information Technology Services

Angie Hauser

Associate Professor of Dance

Susannah Howe

Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering

Borjana Mikic

Professor of Engineering

Sara Pruss

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Al Rudnitsky

Professor of Education & Child Study

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry

Tina Wildhagen

Associate Professor of Sociology

Sujane Wu

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures