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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.

Presentation and Workshop on September 16, 2016

The Joys and Challenges of Teaching Outside Your Comfort Zone

Therese Huston, Author of How Women Decide and Teaching What You Don't Know, Faculty Development Consultant, Center for Faculty Development, Seattle University

Teaching Arts Lunch from 12:00-1:00 pm; workshop to follow from 1:00-2:00 pm

Most people don't like to admit it, but we know it's true: As faculty, we often find ourselves teaching the unfamiliar. In some instances, we're adding cutting edge research into our courses, and in others, we're teaching topics we haven't studied (or used) since we were sophomores ourselves.

We can immediately picture the pitfalls of this scenario, but in what ways can this make us better teachers and our students better learners? In this interactive seminar, Therese Huston shares her research and interviews with faculty from across the country. What are best practices from professors who teach material outside of their comfort zone and do it well? What are some of the common but avoidable mistakes we all tend to make? Whether you’re teaching a course for the first or the umpteenth time, we hope you’ll join us to examine this experience of “teaching while learning” and what it suggests for how we can work more creatively and innovatively with students.

The poster for this event can be found here.

The handouts for the Teaching Arts Luncheon and Workshop:
Therese Huston's Handout for Teaching Arts Luncheon
Therese Huston's Handout for Workshop


welcome reception

September 22, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room

This will be a chance for new faculty members to meet one another over wine and cheese and hear from two second-year colleagues about what they wished they knew last year.

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 from noon - 1:00 p.m. in Seelye B8, with lunch provided. The dates for the fall semester are as follows:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



January 2017 in Seelye Hall B8

Al Rudnitsky and Floyd Cheung will facilitate a discussion of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. If you need a copy of the book, please email sherrerdcenter@smith.edu.


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

Resource Guide for Faculty of Color at the Five Colleges