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Resources for Teaching in Tumultuous Times

As teachers, we cannot control all aspects of the learning environment. Sometimes local, national, and international events send shock waves through our communities that most of us cannot ignore and that all of us--students, faculty, and staff--experience in different ways. Although we can never predict how to respond in such moments, here are a handful of resources that might help with framing conversations both in and outside of the classroom.

Please see this selected list of resources.


Sherrerd Center Resource Library

A bookcase of resources on teaching and learning and on succeeding as a professor resides in Seelye Hall B8. Faculty and staff members should feel free to browse on site and sign out books to read at greater leisure. If you have a suggestion for a book we do not have, please let Floyd Cheung know.

Here is a list of titles that we currently own.

Mid-Semester Assessment

Jacobson Center Mid-Semester Assessments for Faculty

Many of you have had mid-semester assessments conducted by a Jacobson Center specialist, but if you have not, or prefer to conduct one on your own, here are some other options available through the Sherrerd Center:

Samples of Mid-Semester Assessments

Mid-Semester Assessments Guide

Resources from Recent Teaching Arts Lunches

Click here for resources from previous Teaching Arts Lunches.

Academic Support for Faculty

Educational Technology Services

Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning
Provides services and resources including writing-counseling, the Mid-Semester Assessment Program, tutorial services, the Jacobson Center Teaching Series available on Moodle and many others

Provost's Office Teaching Information

Smith Libraries Services for Faculty

The Design Thinking Initiative at Smith College

Resources from the Office of Disability Services

Disability Accomodation Process

Implementing Universal Instructional Design in College Courses

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

The Faculty Room
Faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions can learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities.



The Chronicle of Higher Education


The Teaching Professor


Professional Organizations

Association of American Colleges and Universities

New England Faculty Development Consortium

Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education

Other Teaching and Learning Centers

Hampshire College

Amherst College

UMASS Amherst

Mount Holyoke College

Harvard University

Carleton College

Rice University - Course Workload Estimator


Other Faculty Development Resources

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