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Pedagogical Partnership

Professor Benita Jackson with student Chelsea Pimentel

Smith College professors believe that there are many ways to teach well and that all teaching is improvable. As one pathway towards improvement, the Smith College Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership Program engages students as partners to work with faculty in the classroom over an entire semester. We imagine that there are various models that fall under this umbrella.

Spring 2021 Program

The Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to relaunch our Pedagogical Partnerships Program for the Spring 2021 semester. Again, we will support a flexible model that would work well for our current circumstances. We plan to support faculty and staff teachers working in partnership with students as pedagogical partners in their classes, particularly those students who will be actively engaged with students in the course.

Spring 2021 Partnerships

Faculty Partner Student Partner Course
Vanessa Adel Sadie Buerker SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
Maren Buck Jennifer Wise CHM 222: Organic Chemistry 
Leslie-Ann Giddings Ahlenne Abreu CHM 224: Introduction to Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Mahnaz Mahdavi Amanda Beebe ECO 153: Introductory Macroeconomics
Mahnaz Mahdavi Elsa Schenck      ECO 296: International Finance
Narendra Pathak Jessica Odin NSC 230: Experimental Methods in Neuroscience
Jeff Ramsey Maddy Pfaff HSC 211: Perspectives in the History of Science and Technology: Pandemics
Kevin Shea Ama Boamah CHM 222: Organic Chemistry 

Notes about partnerships for faculty:

  1. Identify a student with whom you would like to partner. Often, these are students who have taken the course before and/or have expertise to offer.
  2. Identify a weekly meeting time when the student(s)/faculty partners will discuss the course.
  3. Decide what aspect of teaching (e.g., classes, labs, discussions, break-out rooms, group work) to focus on at the outset of the partnership. Confirm the schedule requirements.
  4. Contact the Sherrerd Center.

What the Sherrerd Center Will Do

  1. Begin the semester with a faculty/student partners event where we will share what we’ve learned about partnerships, help you set goals, and help get your partnership off to a good start.
  2. Begin the semester with a student-focused workshop where we will facilitate a conversation with students about pedagogy.
  3. Set monthly meeting times for all student partners to share their experiences in the classroom.
  4. Support faculty partners with consultation, monthly group meetings and informal discussions.
  5. Pay the students an hourly wage for their time spent with their faculty partners and in the classroom (up to 6 hours a week).



Please email with questions and/or ideas and inquiries.

Past Partners

Faculty Partner Student Partner Course
Brian Katz Allison Quintana MTH 153: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Alicia Grubb Mariah White CSC 111: Introduction to Computer Science Through Programming
Jack Loveless Clara Brill-Carlat GEO 241: Structural Geology
Roisin O'Sullivan Yuqi (Iris) Wei ECO 375: Seminar: The Theory and Practice of Central Banking
Kevin Shea and Leslie Nickerson Marva Tariq and Ahlenne Abreu      CHM 222: Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry
Jon Caris and Tracy Tien Morgan Jones IDP 109: Aerial Imagery and Cinematography (fall 2020)
David Gorin Akilah Williams CHM 222: Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry
Faculty Partner Student Partner Course
Lily Gurton-Wachter Meaghan Haff English 237: Environmental Poetry and Ecological Thought
Dawn Fulton Shukang Liu FRN 230: Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean
Yanlong Guo Gwen Jones ARH 200: China in Expansion
Susan Sayre Diana Umana ECO 150: Introductory Microeconomics
Tina Wildhagen Dionna Jenkins SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
Faculty Partner Student Partner Course
Laura Jensen Shukang Liu FRN 101: Accelerated Beginning French I
Simon Halliday Gwen Jones ECO250: Intermediate Microeconomics
Michelle Joffroy Endi Mato LAS 150: Introduction to Latin American Studies
Bosiljka Glumac Diana Umana GEO 232: Sedimentary Geology
Adrián Gras-Velázquez Maeve Porter Holliday SPN200: Intermediate Spanish
Sujane Wu Yasmine Vera EAL 231: The Culture of the Lyric in Traditional China
Faculty Partner Student Partner Course
Ginetta Candelario Kennedy Guest-Pritchett SOC 213: Race and National Identity in the United States
Erica Tibbetts Rose Silverman ESS 200: Sport: In Search of the American Dream
Nathan Derr Emily Bellanca BIO 132: Cells, Physiology and Development
Simon Halliday Emily Olmos-Govea ECO 220: Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
Gary Felder Zoe Hildenbrand PHY 210: Mathematical Methods of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Faculty Partner

  Student Partner Course
Susan Sayre   Jeny Kwon ENV 311: Interpreting and Communicating
Environmental Information
Gary Felder   Taré Suriel PHY 117: Introductory Physics I
Kelly Anderson   Caty Seger FYS 179: Rebellious Women
Shannon Audley   Jocelyn Yax EDC 235: Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
Elizabeth Klarich   Rose Silverman ANT 135: Introduction to Archaeology
Jamie Worms   Emily Bellanca LAS 201: Colloquium in Latin American and Latino/a Studies: Landscapes of Work, Wealth and Power: The Economic Geography of Latin America
Rick Millington   Nybria Acklin FYS 192: America in 1925
Benita Jackson   Beverly Lipsey PSY 240: Colloquium: Health Promotion

Faculty Partner

  Student Partner Course
Joyce Palmer-Fortune   Erin Garofolo

PHY 117: Introductory Physics

Barbara Kellum   Kasch Meier

ARH 285: Great Cities: Pompeii

Jennifer Guglielmo   Cecelia Lim & Maria Perez HST 383: Research in United States Women's History
Leslie King  

Tare Suriel

SOC 232: World Populations
Rick Millington   Michaella Mentu ENG 199: Methods in Literary Study

What Do Faculty Partners Say?

"I am seeing the dramatic impact that this program is having on students as well. . . To be turned to as pedagogical experts has greatly enhanced their sense of their own academic and intellectual capacities."

"As faculty members discover how rewarding it is to have a pedagogical partner, soon every faculty member will want to have one."

"Working with a pedagogical partner has pushed me to reflect deeply on my teaching in real time throughout the semester—not just once my course evaluations have been submitted at the end of the semester."

What Do Student Partners Say?

"From discussing growth mindset to figuring out ways to get students more engaged, I’ve ended this semester feeling way more accomplished than I originally expected."

"My ability as a student has grown and will continue to grow thanks to this partnership."

"As the program spreads at Smith, it will benefit both the individuals involved in the partnership and the community as a whole."