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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 Seminar 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.

Faculty Writing Workshop

February 11, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Campus Center 205

Interested in joining a writing group? Come learn the benefits and get started at this event hosted by the Sherrerd Center and Associate Provost. Traditional Smith Tea will be served to the first 20 people who arrive.

Led by Floyd Cheung and Bill Peterson.

Special Bonus: Learn about Provost Katherine Rowe's pivotal writing idea!


New Faculty Seminars

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 seminars meet from noon - 1:00 p.m. in Seelye B8 (unless otherwise indicated), with lunch provided. The dates are as follows.


February 24, 2016

Topic: Grants and Resources
Guests: Marilyn Woodman (Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations) and colleagues

March 21, 2016

Topic: Grading at Smith College
Guests: Class Deans: Frazer Ward, Margaret Bruzelius, Jane Stangl

April 19, 2016
Topic: How to Craft Research Assignments
Guests: Jennifer Guglielmo (History) & John Brady (Geosciences)


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

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