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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 f