About the Sheridan Center

Our Mission

The Sheridan Center promotes evidence-based teaching to create an inclusive environment where all learners can succeed. To encourage innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, we cultivate dynamic partnerships with all members of Brown’s teaching and learning communities. The Center advances effective liberal learning, encourages ongoing professional development, and fosters reflective teaching and learning. 

Sheridan Center Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Who We Are

We are a place where faculty, graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates from across the disciplines come together to inquire about, explore and reflect upon teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes.  

Who We Serve

Our programs, services and resources are available to all members of the Brown community, including full-time and part-time faculty, postdoctoral fellows, teaching fellows and teaching assistants, undergraduates, staff and administrators. 

What We Do

We offer: 

The Center has a Resource Library open to the Brown community. 

Visit Us

The Center is located at 201 Thayer Street on the fifth and seventh floors of the Sciences Library.  Contact us for an appointment, or browse our Resource Library on the seventh floor during regular office hours.  Join us at an upcoming event.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report describes the ways that the Center promoted and fostered excellence in teaching and learning in the Brown teaching community, through its programs, services, activities and resources.

History 

In 1987, former Dean of the College Harriet W. Sheridan founded the Center for the Advancement of College Teaching  to establish an interdisciplinary forum dedicated to improving the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning at Brown and to prepare graduate students for faculty careers.  Since her death in 1992, the Center, comprised of its staff working in collaboration with its Advisory Board and faculty, post-doctoral and graduate students from across the University, has supported the professional development needs of the entire Brown teaching community.  In 1997, the Brown Corporation renamed the Center “The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning” in her memory.  From 2003-2016, the Center was located in the Frederick Lippitt and Mary Ann Lippitt House at 96 Waterman Street.  The Center moved to the fifth and seventh floors of the Science Library building in 2016.  To learn more about the Center’s history, see Artful Teaching: A Brief History of the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, 1987-2007.