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For New Faculty

Tina Wildhagen

The Sherrerd Center organizes a variety of activities to help integrate new faculty into the Smith community and to help them think more deeply about their teaching. This begins with a presentation during new faculty orientation and continues with monthly new faculty luncheon meetings. We offer a January teaching workshop to provide time for reflection on experiences from the fall semester while planning for the spring. 

New Faculty Events


Discussion of What The Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

January 16, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Seelye B8

Sherrerd Center Director Floyd Cheung will facilitate a discussion of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain.  Feel free to bring questions about the book as well as any you may have about teaching in general. We believe that all teaching is improvable and that it helps to reflect and share together. Doing so early in one's career is crucial for many faculty members.

Please RSVP by January 9th by emailing Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and if you need a copy of the book. 

New Faculty Luncheons

This is a safe space for new faculty members to talk about whatever may be on their minds with one another, the director of the Sherrerd Center and guests who have valuable experience with the topic being discussed. Lunch is provided, so please let us know that you're coming at least a few days beforehand by emailing

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Seelye B8
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Seelye B8
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Seelye B8

New faculty should also consider attending the Teaching Arts Lunches and Teaching Circles.

Mentoring Map

No one succeeds alone. All of us depend on a network of mentors that evolves according to our career stage. As new faculty members, be sure to identify people at Smith and beyond who can support you in areas from professional development and intellectual community to emotional support and accountability for what really matters. Fill out the following mentoring map by Kerry Ann Rockquemore of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Feel free to consult with your department or program chair, a member of the Board of Counselors, and/or the director of the Sherrerd Center for assistance, especially in identifying Smith contacts.

PDF iconMentoring Map

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Member Resources

Smith College is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which grants you access to Member Resources, from weekly newsletters to webinars. Claim your membership at no cost via this membership page and click "Register Now" under Institutional Sub-Account Membership.