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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


Summer Institute: Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership

May 2018, Details TBD
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 May 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 Pagefor more information about the program.