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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2021 semester.
Current Operating Mode: GREEN

Faculty Services & Resources


Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday through Thursday,
7–10 p.m.


Steve Heydemann teaching

At the Jacobson Center, we offer faculty support through workshops on the teaching of writing, a mid-semester assessment program, individual consultation on classroom issues, and an array of additional resources on teaching and learning. In addition, we provide helpful links to several online teaching resources.

Faculty Services

The Mid-Semester Assessment (MSA) offers faculty the chance to receive feedback on their teaching and students’ learning. The MSA is an individualized assessment that requires only 20 minutes of class time to complete.

The MSA provides instructors with feedback on what’s working best in the course and in their teaching, feedback on those aspects of the course that could be strengthened and improved (and how to do so), and the chance to implement meaningful change while the course is still in progress.

The MSA is completely confidential from start to finish. Only the instructor has access to the results once the MSA has been completed.

Additionally, we have developed short modules on dealing with the common teaching and learning issues that many Smith faculty encounter. Instructors can access these modules by logging on to Moodle and going to The Jacobson Center Teaching Series(All faculty are enrolled in this Moodle course.)

For more information, please contact Debra Carney in the Jacobson Center, 413-585-3035.

Use the button below to access the materials for this course on Moodle.


The following document offers helpful advice when transitioning in-person courses to an online environment.

Please access the materials for this course on Moodle using the button below.


Faculty can incorporate public speaking instruction into their classes by showing and discussing our selection of speeches in conjunction with Guidelines for Public Speaking and our Speech Evaluation Form. Additional speeches on a range of topics can be found at TED Talks.

  • Incorporating technology into the writing process (drafting, revision, peer review, publishing).
  • Designing writing-intensive multimedia or digital scholarship assignments (presentations, blogs, podcasts, video essays, social media, and other public discourses).
  • Integrating web writing practices into projects and assignments and formatting writing for online publication.

For Students:

  • Brainstorming web writing practices for assignment prompts
  • Identifying and locating potential web portals for publication
  • Strategizing technology & media centered project proposals

Contact for scheduling. 

An innovative model for writing across curriculum, supported by a grand by the Davis Educational Foundation. Find out more about departments rethinking their writing curricula and making them more public-facing.


Smith has a long tradition of valuing writing as an essential capacity in the liberal arts, so much so that we created a Writing Intensive (WI) Requirement in our otherwise open curriculum. We recognize that writing is thinking, that writing is a tool and a process as much as it is an outcome, and that becoming a stronger writer is an ever-evolving, lifelong pursuit. Recently we have also broadened our understanding of college writing to include public-facing writing presented in print and in digital platforms, in addition to traditional scholarly work.


“When I entered Smith, every student was required to take English 11, a course designed to lead us to read with care and understanding and to write English correctly and clearly. I learned then that a precise word would convey my meaning better than a vague or flowery phrase and to appreciate the beauty of disciplined writing. My entire life has been informed and enabled by what I was taught at that time.”
—Joan Leiman Jacobson ’47