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The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty is the chief academic office of Smith College, ensuring a broad array of outstanding teaching, learning and research experiences for students and faculty. 我们的团队指导和整合学院的各种学术努力,以创建一个繁荣的社区,并通过课程创新支持教师的职业生涯, compensation, professional development and external grants. 我们致力于将学术资源与学院的课程使命结合起来,使澳门葡京博彩软件成为一个学习和工作的好地方.

Clicking Beyond Mortality

Assistant Professor of Sociology Timothy Recuber’s new book, The Digital Departed: How We Face Death, Commemorate Life, and Chase Virtual Immortality, discusses what happens to our online identities when we die.

“关于人们如何使用他们已故朋友和亲人的社交网络资料来保持一种单方面的对话,已经进行了大约十年的研究,” Recuber says. “这本书真正追踪的是人们最近寻求与自己的死亡和在网上死亡的方式, rather than the deaths of others.”

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Michael Thurston
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

In his role as Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Michael Thurston ensures excellence and prosperity in teaching, learning and research at Smith, now and for the future. 瑟斯顿创建并领导与所有学术负责人的合作过程,以推进共同的学术愿景. He is the Helen Means Professor of English Language & Literature whose primary scholarly research interest is modern and contemporary poetry. He is currently at work on a project on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and a biography of the literary critic, F.O. Matthiessen (supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities).


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Denise McKahn
Associate Provost

Denise McKahn ensures thriving academic programs at Smith, 以可持续和公平的方式将资源与学院的课程和课外任务相结合. Denise manages the academic budget of the college overseen by the provost. She chairs the Committee on Faculty Compensation and Development, the Classroom Committee, and the Committee on Study Abroad. She has responsibility for faculty development, and support in research and teaching, and in partnership with development and finance, advocates for grant proposal development that advances faculty research, instruction, and programmatic interests. Among her responsibilities are the Botanic Garden, the Clark Science Center, the Campus School, and non-tenure track faculty recruitment and hiring. Denise was hired as a faculty member in the Department of Engineering in 2008, and is a scholar, advocate, and Civil and Environmental Engineer.

Hélène Visentin
Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development

Hélène Visentin coordinates faculty professional development, oversees curricular operations and strategic planning, and directs Smith’s graduate and special programs. She aims to cultivate effective, 与学院的教职员工领导以及总统内阁成员建立公平和包容的伙伴关系. A Professor of French studies, Visentin has been teaching at Smith since 1999. Her research specializes in early modern literature and culture, with a focus on the history and aesthetics of the performing arts. Recently, her research and teaching interests have been focused on digital humanities, especially mapping and data visualization techniques.

Kayla Cheneba
Director of Academic Operations/Special Advisor to the Provost

As Director of Academic Operations, Kayla promotes and strengthens Smith's academic programs by facilitating relationships between the provost and internal/external constituencies; coordinating the deans, faculty and other college offices in major academic initiatives and special projects; and leads the development and execution of our office's business policies and practices. As Special Advisor to the Provost, she provides project management and organizational leadership for the Provost’s strategic initiatives. Acting as the Provost’s designee in various settings, Kayla与院长和我们团队的所有成员合作,共同开发和持续改进我们的流程, supports key Provost area committees, and provides immediate and long-term administrative and organizational support to the Provost & Dean of the Faculty directly. Contact Kayla with questions about faculty meeting, chairs & directors, and other special projects under the Provost & Dean of the Faculty's purview.

Kelly DeForest
Associate Director of Curricular and Academic Administration

In close partnership with the Associate Dean of the Faculty & Dean for Academic Development, 凯利·德福里斯特通过在课程发展的各个方面对学术优先委员会的支持,确保学习课程的成功, maintenance and review materials and workflows. Kelly also works closely with the ADOF/DAD and Chairs & Directors in the professional development of the academic administrative support staff. Contact Kelly for CAP policies and procedures; curricular approval guidelines for course proposals (new and revisions to existing), changes to the major or minor, and other curricular changes; catalog policies and procedures; and all other items related to the work of CAP.

Jayne Mercier
Associate Director for Faculty Analytics

As Associate Director for Faculty Analytics, she collaborates with institutional partners in stewarding faculty and instructional staff data in the service of academic business intelligence; designs, develops, and oversee the budget, reporting, and analytic processes that sustain Smith’s success in hiring, retention, and support of faculty and instructional staff throughout the lifecycle; and advises academic leadership on the strategic use of institutional resources in achieving Smith’s academic mission.

Ruth Morgan
Program Coordinator for Graduate and Special Programs

Ruth Morgan通过确保政策的一致性和完成要求来促进澳门葡京博彩软件大学成功的研究生学习经历. Contact Ruth for graduate application questions, registration assistance, inquiries regarding curriculum requirements and requests for extensions.

Josh Parad
Senior Academic Budget Manager

高级学术预算经理开发可持续的学术预算模型,推进澳门葡京博彩软件的教育使命, 与副教务长和预算办公室密切合作,监督学术财务资源. Contact the Senior Academic Budget Manager for departmental and program budget queries, inquiries regarding internal grants including CFCD and starters, the Lecture Committee, and financial modeling for new initiatives. 

Rachel Siegel
Senior Faculty Recruitment and Hiring Specialist

这位教师招聘和任命专家通过与教务长密切合作,在澳门葡京博彩软件促进公平和包容的教师文化 & Dean of the Faculty, Associate Provost, and Associate Dean of the Faculty to ensure consistent application of faculty search, recruitment and hiring policies. Contact Rachel for tenure-track and non-tenure track searches; faculty hiring appointment letters; research associate appointments; faculty visas; on-boarding of new faculty members and instructors; hiring Readers and UMass graduate student RAs; and information regarding visiting scholars.

Hayley Spizz
Faculty Policies Administrator

Hayley Spizz通过确保澳门葡京博彩软件教师政策的一致应用来促进公平和公平, staff, and administration. In partnership with the associate dean of the faculty/dean for academic development, she advances faculty development initiatives to foster success at every career stage. Contact Hayley for reappointment, tenure, and promotion procedures and questions; sabbaticals and leaves; and faculty record sheets.

Patty Tran
Schedule Coordinator

Patty Tran通过管理院长的日程安排和日常办公室运作,促进了一个富有成效的工作环境. Patty is the primary scheduling contact for the Provost, Associate Provost, and Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development, 以及教务长/院长办公室管理的学术日历查询和活动.

Assistant Professor Randi Garcia receiving the Sherrerd Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Celebrating Faculty

The annual Kathleeen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John F. 谢泼德杰出教学奖设立于2002年,旨在表彰长期教职员工持续和杰出的教学, 同时鼓励年轻的教师,他们表现出的热情和卓越影响了学生和同事.

Read About This Year’s Winners More About the Awards

Susannah Howe, 2023–24 ELATES Fellowship

Mike Kinsinger, Design of a Polymer Injection System, Instrumentation Laboratory Company d.b.a. Werfen

Kate Soper, Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America

Kate Soper, 2023–24 Rome Prize Winner, Fredric A. Juilliard/Walter Dambrosch Rome Prize

Patricia Cahn, Candice Price, and Julianna Tymoczko, 2023 Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department, American Mathematical Society

Lesley-Ann Giddings, 研究方向:n -羟化酶生物催化剂的表征和发展:金属污染的催化和修复解决方案, National Science Foundation

Christen Mucher, New Directions Fellowship, Mellon Foundation

Sharon Owino, GPR37, 一种未被充分认识的Wnt通路调节剂:与增强脑卒中后再生相关, American Heart Association

John Brady and Sarah Mazza, A Workshop to Share, Explore, Develop, 评估在线岩石学教学资源和策略在不同和不断发展的地球科学教育环境, National Science Foundation

Steve Williams, Nasal-Throat Swab Testing for LF Using a Portable Real-Time PCR System, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Steve Waksman, Recently published book, Live Music in America, 被美国出版商协会提名为音乐和表演艺术最佳书籍的决赛选手, as part of 2023 Prose Awards.

In my second year, I curated a student exhibition at the Cunningham center, and I emailed most of my professors inviting them to come see it. The exhibition was only up for an afternoon, and I didn’t quite expect them to stop by, but to my surprise, 我的导师和其他三位当时或以前教过我的教授都来了. 这是一个可爱的惊喜,让我想起了澳门葡京博彩软件的大多数教授实际上是如何关心你的幸福和抱负的.
Mosa N. Molapo ’22, Art History and African Studies

Faculty Resources

Grants & Sponsored Programs

Learn about funding opportunities for research and scholarship as well as teaching, curricular and professional development.

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Teaching Arts Lunches


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The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute supports collaborative research among faculty, students and visiting scholars.

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Contact Provost/Dean of the Faculty

College Hall 206
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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