Course Development

Museum-Based Course


The Smith College Museum of Art invites proposals from Smith faculty in any discipline to use SCMA resources in their teaching. Faculty developing or significantly revising courses can receive a stipend and supplemental funding for expenses such as supplies or guest lecturers needed for the course. Supplemental funding for course materials is also available for faculty wishing to repeat previously taught Museum-based courses. 

Stipends for Smith Faculty

The Museum provides stipends to faculty planning a Museum-based course; planning should be completed during the summer before the academic year in which the class will be taught. The amount of the stipend, up to $3,500, is commensurate with the degree to which the Museum will be incorporated into the course.  In addition to stipends, which compensate faculty for their work in creating or revising a course, supplemental funds of up to $750 are available to purchase materials, take field trips, or bring guest speakers to Smith. Faculty may receive a stipend only once; however, supplemental funding can be used to sustain a course the second time it is taught.

How to Apply

Before applying, faculty must consult with Museum staff to be sure the Museum’s collection can support the proposed topic. Please contact Maggie Lind (, 413.585.2783) to set up an appointment to discuss your proposal. Applicants must be available in the summer before the academic year in which the course will be taught, to meet with Museum staff and develop specific plans for the course. Joint proposals involving collaborative teaching by two faculty members, or by a faculty member and a member of the Museum staff, are welcome.


Review Process and Deadlines

Proposals are reviewed by a committee twice a year, in mid-fall and in mid-spring. Funding is limited for this popular program, and faculty who submit proposals for review in the fall have the best chance of having their proposals funded. (The Museum cannot guarantee that funding for the upcoming academic year will still be available by the spring deadline.)

Upcoming deadlines will be announced during the 2015–16 academic year.