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About the Center


Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

Seelye Hall 307
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3056

Hours: Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday through Thursday,
7–10 p.m.

Administrative Assistant:
Cora Lee Drew

Overhead view of the Jacobson Center

The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning takes its name from Joan Leiman Jacobson ’47, whose generous gift makes its programs possible. The center seeks to improve the teaching and learning of Smith College students by offering services aimed at enabling them to make the most of their education.


The Jacobson Center is now accepting appointments for in-person tutoring. We are cognizant that some members of the Smith community are immunocompromised, however, and face greater risks from infection. As a result, we will continue to offer Zoom appointments as an option for the 2021–22 academic year.

For Writing Services

  • To schedule a writing counseling appointment with the professional writing instructors and the peer writing tutors, click the button below. You will find a tutorial on registering for the Writing Center Online (WCO) and making appointments on this page. 

  • The Jacobson Center is now scheduling both in-person and Zoom appointments.  Be sure to mark which you prefer, when signing up for an appointment.If you elect to schedule an appointment with your writing instructor or peer writing tutor over Zoom, they will send you a Zoom link via email sometime before your appointment.  

  • Peer writing tutors are also available for walk-in service in the Neilson Library Learning Commons Sunday through Friday 1–4 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 7–10 p.m.  No appointment necessary: just stop by 108j, in the Learning Commons. (n.b. Final papers in either of these three-hour shifts will be accepted ½ hour before closing, so as to avoid a last-minute rush and to be sure the final sessions are given adequate time.)


If you have questions about writing services not covered here, please contact Sara Eddy, assistant director of the Jacobson Center, at

For Peer Content Tutoring Services

  • The peer content tutors work by appointment only; there are no drop-in hours.
  • The primary mode of peer content tutoring is Zoom, with or without video. Prior to your appointment, the tutor will send you a Zoom link.
  • Tutors and tutees will need to account for time differences when/if needed.
  • Tutors can work in groups up to three when/if needed.


Please note: You are being directed to the Jacobson Center’s new Peer Content Tutor scheduling page. 

For Learning Specialist Services

  • Duncan Griffin, learning specialist, is available for a limited number of individual appointments.
  • Appointments will be held via Zoom, with or without video. Please email Duncan directly at, or simply click the button below to schedule an appointment.


If you have questions about content tutoring and learning specialist services not covered here, please contact

Jacobson logo

The Jacobson Center Logo

The logo was designed by Elliot Offner, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in the Smith College Department of Art, where he taught from 1960 until 2004. He died in 2010. A sculptor and graphic artist, his work is in such collections as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Brooklyn Museum, and he designed several pieces for the college, including the Smith Medal.