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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.

News & Announcements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, onsite appointments and drop-in hours with the professional staff and peer tutors at the Jacobson Center ended on March 13, 2020. Services resume online on March 30, 2020.

For writing services, please note the following changes and alerts:

  • You can make writing counseling appointments through Writing Center Online (WCO), as you have done in the past.  
  • Peer writing tutors are now working by appointment only as well. There are no more drop-in hours. You can make an appointment with the peer writing tutors on the WCO site. They are listed along with the professional writing instructors.
  • Please note that all appointment times are in U.S. Eastern time. You will need to convert the time to your time zone.
  • The primary mode of conferencing is Zoom, with or without video. However, we also offer the option of written feedback only, with no conference. If you elected to have a conference, sometime before your appointment, the writing instructor or peer tutor will send you a Zoom link. If you opted for written feedback only, you will receive comments sometime during the time of your appointment.

If you have questions about writing services not covered here, please contact Julio Alves, director of the Jacobson Center, at jalves@smith.edu

For peer content tutoring services, please note the following changes and alerts:

  • The peer content tutors are working by appointment only through the end of the semester; 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.
  • To make a tutor request, please click here. There is no change to this process.
  • To contact a tutor with whom you have previously worked, please email that tutor directly to set up a Zoom session.
  • Tutors and tutees will need to account for time differences when/if needed.
  • Tutors can work in groups up to three when/if needed.

For learning specialist services:

  • Kelly Vogel, learning specialist, will continue to be available for individual appointments through the end of the semester.
  • Appointments will be held via Zoom, with or without video. Please contact her directly at kvogel@smith.edu to set up an appointment.

If you have questions about content tutoring and learning specialist services not covered here, please contact Jactutor@smith.edu

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.