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The Sherrerd Center organizes a variety of activities to help integrate new faculty into the Smith community and to help them think more deeply about their teaching. This begins with a presentation during new faculty orientation and continues with monthly New Faculty Luncheon meetings. We offer a January teaching workshop to provide time for reflection on experiences from the fall semester while planning for the spring. We also coordinate mentoring for new tenure track faculty through the Board of Counselors program.



Friday, January 20, 2017 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kahn Colloquium Room (Neilson Library)  

Al Rudnitsky (Education) and Floyd Cheung (Director of the Sherrerd Center) will facilitate a discussion of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. Feel free to bring questions about the book as well as any you may have about teaching in general.  We believe that all teaching is improvable and that it helps to reflect and share together.  Doing so early in one's career is crucial for many faculty members.  If you need a copy of the book, please email sherrerdcenter@smith.edu.

Please RSVP by December 20th by emailing sherrerdcenter@smith.edu. Lunch will be provided.

New Faculty Luncheons

This is a safe space for new faculty members to talk about whatever may be on their minds with one another, the Director of the Sherrerd Center, and guests who have valuable experience with the topic being discussed. Lunch is provided but please let us know that you're coming at least a few days beforehand by emailing the Sherrerd Center Program Coordinator.

These luncheons take place in Seelye B8, with lunch provided. The dates for the spring semester are as follows:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 12:15-1:15 pm 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 12:15-1:15 pm 


New Faculty should also consider attending the Teaching Arts Lunches and Teaching Circles.

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