Faculty Members Honored for Their Teaching
Three faculty members were named
recently as winners of the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished
They are: Michael Barresi, assistant
professor of biological sciences; Floyd Cheung, associate
professor of English language and literature; and Jennifer
Guglielmo, associate professor of history.
The Sherrerd Teaching
Award is given annually to Smith faculty members in recognition
of their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated
enthusiasm and excellence.
The award was established in
2002 with a generous contribution to Smith by the late Kathleen
Sherrerd ’54 and John Sherrerd. Their donation was given
with the specific purpose of initiating an annual prize to
recognize outstanding teaching at Smith.
The three 2012 Sherrerd
Award recipients will be honored during a reception and presentation
of the awards in October, open to the Smith
joined Smith in 2005. He completed his doctoral degree in
developmental biology at Wesleyan University in 2001, and
gained further research training as a postdoctoral research
fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Barresi
has established an NIH and NSF funded research program focused
on understanding how the embryonic brain develops using the
Zebrafish model system. Also part of the neuroscience program
at Smith, Barresi mentors and trains more than 10 students
each year in his laboratory. He teaches a variety of courses
in the biological sciences, from the introductory Cells,
Physiology and Development to upper level lecture and laboratory
courses in the area of developmental biology and a seminar
on stem cells. Barresi has pioneered the use of innovative
technologies in these courses, such as Lecture Capture, Web
conferencing, and the creation of documentary movies. He
also spearheaded the creation of the Mid-Semester Assessment
program, which has become an important resource for faculty
development across divisions.
Cheung joined the Department of English Language and Literature
and the American Studies Program at Smith in 1999.
Born in Hong Kong, Cheung grew up in Las Vegas and completed
and doctoral degree at Tulane University. Among Cheung's
favorite courses to teach are Methods in Literary Study,
Asian American Women Writers, Narratives of Internment, Reading
Contemporary Poetry, and American Literature from 1865-1914.
He is also a member of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American
Studies Certificate Program, for which he served as founding
chair. Interested in the recovery of early Asian American
texts, Cheung has edited H. T. Tsiang’s
novels And China Has Hands and The
Hanging on Union Square,
and co-edited Kathleen Tamagawa’s memoir Holy
Prayers in a Horse’s Ear. His most recent publication,
Naming Jhumpa Lahiri: Canons and Controversies, came
out in February.
Cheung has contributed his creative writings to such journals
The Apple Valley Review, qarrtsiluni, and Rhino.
His poetry chapbook, Jazz at Manzanar, is forthcoming
from Pudding House Press.
Guglielmo joined the Department of History at Smith in 2003
after completing a doctorate in history at the University
of Minnesota. She teaches courses in modern U.S. history,
and specializes in the histories of labor, race, women, immigration,
transnational cultures and activisms, and revolutionary social
movements. She is the author of Living the Revolution: Italian
Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945,
which received the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award for best
book in U.S. immigration history, the Marraro Prize for best
book in Italian Studies, and Honorable Mention from the Berkshire
Conference of Women Historians for best first book. She also
received the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott
Prize in 2003 for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S.
women's history, and her work has been funded by the Social
Science Research Council and the American Association of