Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More

Rebecca (Ph.D). recently retired as Director of the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning at Brown University (July 2010). She holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Brown University and Adjunct Professor of History at the Division of Liberal Arts: HPSS, Rhode Island School of Design.

Dr. More holds an A.B. with honors in History from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Brown University. Her research focuses on the social, economic and cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern England, including gender studies.

Dr. More’s involvement in professional development programs for faculty and concern for teaching to variations in learning dates from 1977. She was associated with the Sheridan Center, Brown’s professional development center for faculty and graduate students, since 1987 and directed the Center’s operations from1992 until 2010.

Under her direction the Sheridan Center developed a comprehensive series of programs, services and publications to provide professional development support to the faculty and graduate students of Brown University. Over the years, these activities expanded to include faculty and graduate students from the Rhode Island School of Design. These various activities represent a collegial exchange about pedagogy in higher education firmly rooted in the needs of the higher education teaching community.

Her career has included work as Tour Director for the Providence Preservation Society, and owner/instructor of the Benefit Street Cookery School from 1972-1986. Her publications include editing Sheridan Center publications, The Rewards of Virtue (1998), Out to Lunch co-authored with Reva A. Stern, the introduction to the 1989 edition of Horace Walpole’s essay On Modern Gardening (1780), numerous scholarly conference papers and book reviews.

Dr. More’s interest in education and health care in New Hampshire stems from long-standing family commitment to those areas of public welfare. Her great-grandfather, Senator John Wingate Weeks, sponsored the 1911 Act of Congress which established the White Mountain National Forest. A native of Lancaster NH, Sen. Weeks built the town library there. His son, the Hon. Sinclair Weeks, also a resident of Lancaster, helped to establish the Weeks Medical Center there. Her mother, Martha Sinclair Weeks Sherrill, an Orton-Gillingham trained teacher, worked with the regional school district in Coos County, at both the elementary and high school level, to implement the Slingerland approach to teaching to diverse learning styles in a classroom setting. Dr. More is a part-time resident of Lancaster, serves on the Board of the Weeks Medical Center there and on the National Council at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.