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Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning

Professor Kate Soper teaching in a music classroom

There are many different ways to teach well.

Good teaching is necessarily inclusive.

All teaching is improvable.

The Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning was founded in 2009 through a generous bequest from the family of Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd, longtime supporters of excellence in teaching at Smith College. The center enables the academic success of all Smith students through faculty development efforts that support teaching and learning at the college.

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Sherrerd Teaching and Learning Seminar for Spring 2022
Few things are as challenging as teaching, especially teaching that helps students learn in ways that are meaningful and lasting.  Current ideas about learning and pedagogy have a strong claim to be part of a teachers "toolkit." These ideas are rarely part of a faculty member’s education and unfortunately, college faculty seldom have the opportunity to encounter them once on the job. The Teaching-Learning seminar is designed to provide this opportunity. Glenn Ellis (Engineering) will facilitate this seminar, which will meet once a month for in-person discussions throughout the spring semester (we'll send out a poll to find times that work).  While we recognize that there is interest in the “craft knowledge” of teaching, this seminar will focus on teaching and learning principles that can be applied in any context.  Through discourse we will explore ways to execute these principles in your classes. The seminar will be limited to 10 faculty/staff to best facilitate conversation, with some preference for first-time participants. Please fill out this google form if you are interested in participating (preferably by December 15th).


Sara Pruss

Director of the Sherrerd Center
Professor of Geosciences

Sherry Wingfield

Sherrerd Center Coordinator

Advisory Board

2021–22 Members

Jean Ferguson

Director of Learning, Research, and Technology

Angie Hauser 

Associate Professor of Dance

Susannah Howe 

Design Clinic Director, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, Class Dean 

Borjana Mikic

Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering
Sabbatical 2021-2022

Roisin O'Sullivan

Professor of Economics

Cornelia Pearsall

Professor of English Language & Literature

Beth Powell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Kevin Shea

Professor of Chemistry
Sabbatical 2021-2022

Fraser Stables

Professor of Art, Associate Dean of Integrated Learning

Tina Wildhagen

Associate Professor of Sociology 

Sujane Wu

Associate Professor of Chinese Language & Literature