Events



Fall 2014

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Race, Gender, Class, and Other Identities in the Classroom – Yours and Your Students'

Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Friday, October 17 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 205 (2nd floor conference room)

Summary: Even if they aren’t on your course’s syllabus, race, gender, class and a range of other issues including ethnicity and sexual identity inevitably play a role in your classroom, and influence both your interactions with students and their interactions with one another. This workshop will draw upon the classroom experiences of participants to focus on how to recognize potential issues emerging with your students. We will share strategies for forming an inclusive classroom and addressing bias, while at the same time discuss useful campus resources for seeking more information or getting specialized advice.

Grading and Giving Students Feedback

Professor Justin McDaniel, Religious Studies

Thursday, October 16 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Phillip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow, Religious Studies

Location: Room 204 Cohen Hall

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Religious Studies department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum:
Teaching Students Who Are Struggling and May Be in Distress

Professors Andrew Tsourkas, Bioengineering, and Steve Zdancewic, Computer and Information Science

Thursday, October 16 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: Towne 108

Summary: The Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum brings together faculty from across SEAS for informal conversations about teaching. Each discussion focuses on a different theme and is moderated by two faculty members. All faculty, from experienced to novice teachers, are invited to participate. To encourage open discussion, registration is limited twelve faculty.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides lunch for all those who register in advance.

Working with Students One-on-One

Peter Sachs Collopy, CTL Graduate Fellow, History and Sociology of Science

Wednesday, October 15 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Meeting with students one-on-one offers a chance to expand your teaching beyond what you can do in the classroom. You can learn more about who your students are and how they’re doing in your course, help students who are struggling with key concepts or skills, and provide a space for students to engage more deeply with the fundamental methods of your discipline. Just as one-on-one meetings offer unique opportunities, they also require unique pedagogical skills. How do you ensure that your students feel comfortable asking you for help? How do you figure out what your students really need from you? How do you decide what to say to the student in front of you, and what do you do if the conversation becomes frustrating, tense, or just plain awkward? How do you help struggling students improve without answering their problem sets or writing their papers for them? In this workshop, we’ll address these questions and discuss strategies that will help you get the most out of office hours and other one-on-one meetings.

Effective Lecturing in Chemistry

Professor Jeff Winkler, Chemistry

Wednesday, October 15 | 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: Chemistry 102

Summary: Please note that this workshop consists of attending Professor Winkler’s lecture to CHEM 241 (Organic Chemistry I) and then discussing the lecture with him. Professor Winkler’s CHEM 241 is notable for being a “triple threat” in the Penn Course Review: it receives high numbers for difficulty…but also for course and instructor quality.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Chemistry department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Outside Your Area of Expertise

Tanya Singh, CTL Graduate Fellow, Biology

Tuesday, October 14 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: It is common for TAs to be asked to teach topics outside their area of expertise. How do you begin to establish yourself as an authority in the classroom when you don’t feel like a master of the content? How can you plan class time to emphasize your strengths? In this workshop, you will be asked to think of a potential topic/course outside your area of expertise that you may be asked to teach now or in the future to help come up with generalized, feasible solutions to these questions and more.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Faculty-to-Faculty Lunch:
Teaching with Student Debates

Professors Gary Hatfield, Philosophy, and Tamara Walker, History

Tuesday, October 14 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: Van Pelt Library, room 625

Summary: Faculty-to-Faculty Lunches are opportunities for small groups of faculty to get together for informal conversation about teaching. Each lunch focuses on a different theme and is moderated two faculty members, who will guide the discussion and share their experiences. To encourage interactive discussion, registration is limited to twelve faculty.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides lunch for all those who register in advance.

Cutting the Cord: Teaching Without Powerpoint

Professor Mike Nusbaum, Neuroscience

Wednesday, October 8 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Barchi Library, John Morgan building, room 140

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Neuroscience program and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching and the Job Market

Professor Beth Linker, History & Sociology of Science

Wednesday, October 8 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Peter Sachs Collopy, CTL Graduate Fellow, History & Sociology of Science

Location: Cohen 392

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History & Sociology of Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Developing Content for Science Labs and Designing Assignments

Dr. Linda Robinson and Dr. Karen Hogan

Wednesday, October 8 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Tany Singh, CTL Graduate Fellow, Biology

Location: Liedy 109

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Biology department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Creating Syllabi From Research Projects

Professor Guy Ramsey, Music

Wednesday, October 8 | 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Vanessa Williams, CTL Graduate Fellow, Music

Location: Conference Room, Lerner Center

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Music department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Facilitating Productive Discussion

Professor Herman Beavers, Africana Studies

Tuesday, October 7 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Senior Graduate Fellow, English

Location: 3401 Walnut, room 330A

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Africana Studies department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching as Part of a Team: Working Effectively with Other TAs and the Professor

Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Monday, October 6 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Whether you are TAing for the class of your dreams or teaching outside your comfort zone, teaching with others can be a challenge. Professors and TAs can have different philosophies and expectations when it comes to the classroom and grading. This workshop will focus on strategies for getting the most out of your teaching experience by building a harmonious and productive relationship with your fellow TAs and professor. We will explore how to set up a good relationship before the class starts, troubleshoot difficult situations, and succeed as a team.

Teaching with Technology:
Encouraging Out-of-class Student Questions and Conversations – Canvas and Piazza

Professors Zack Ives, Computer and Information Science, and Catriona MacLeod, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Monday, October 6 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Faculty Events

Location: WIC Seminar Room, room 124, Van Pelt Library

Summary: Teaching with Technology discussions bring faculty together to discuss why and how they might use specific technologies in their teaching. Each conversation focuses on a different goal or challenge and on particular technologies faculty use to address those aims. Each session is moderated by two faculty members, who will share their experiences and guide the discussion; instructional technology support staff will also participate to help faculty consider how to implement the ideas discussed. Faculty from across Penn are welcome. To encourage interactive discussion, though, registration is limited to twelve faculty.
Lunch is provided for all those who register in advance.

Transitioning from Dissertation to Teaching

Professors Francesca Ammon and Erick Guerra, City & Regional Planning

Friday, October 3 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Location: Meyerson G-12

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the City & Regional Planning department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.
RSVP Requested: http://bit.ly/1txuXsj

Teaching Undergrads to Think Critically

Professor Javier Medina, Psychology, and Professor Harry Ischiropoulos, Pediatrics

Thursday, October 2 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Barchi Library, John Morgan building, room 140

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Neuroscience program and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Managing Your Time While Teaching

Myrna Cohen, Executive Director, Weingarten Learning Resources Center

Thursday, October 2 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: How can you balance your own academic goals with your teaching responsibilities? What are the methods for accomplishing short- and long-range tasks while teaching a class or a recitation, holding office hours, and/or grading exams? In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore their own time management styles and take away additional strategies for taking control of their time. Additionally, iOS Apps for time and project management will be introduced.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for participants in TA Training.

Developing Your Teaching Persona

Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Wednesday, October 1 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Who are you in the classroom? How can you be an authority in your field without seeming out of touch with your students? How can you create a comfortable atmosphere in your class while making sure your students take your subject seriously? Even though most of us are some version of ourselves in the classroom, we also know who we are in the classroom can also determine what students get out of class. This interactive workshop will pose a series of questions to help us better understand ourselves, and identify strengths and weaknesses with regards to being an instructor. In doing so, we will explore how to develop a teaching persona that is both genuine and effective in the classroom.

Faculty-to-Faculty Lunch:
Using In-class Group Work in Your Teaching

Professors Julie Lynch, Political Science, and Alain Plante, Earth and Environmental Science

Wednesday, October 1 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: Cohen 104

Summary: Faculty-to-Faculty Lunches are opportunities for small groups of faculty to get together for informal conversation about teaching. Each lunch focuses on a different theme and is moderated two faculty members, who will guide the discussion and share their experiences. To encourage interactive discussion, registration is limited to twelve faculty.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides lunch for all those who register in advance.

Crafting Questions -- For Homework or Exams

Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Tuesday, September 30 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Creating questions for student assessment on homework or exams often proves difficult. In this workshop, we will discuss the multiple potential goals of assessment questions and how we can construct questions to achieve those goals. We will think about the strengths and weaknesses of the different kinds of questions that are often used to assess student comprehension. We will also consider how the issues of managing grading and giving feedback can influence your construction of homework and exam questions. In addition to these general discussions, this session will include hands-on question generation.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching the Fundamentals & the Fundamentals of Teaching

Professor Jessica Stanton, Political Science

Monday, September 29 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Felllow, Political Science

Location: Stitler Forum

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Political Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Engaging Community Partners in Your Teaching

Professors Amy Hillier and Domenic Vitiello, City & Regional Planning

Friday, September 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Location: Meyerson G-12

Summary: Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/1qc8twI

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the City & Regional Planning department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Preparing Now to Teach at a Small Liberal Arts College

Professor Jamal Elias, Religious Studies

Thursday, September 25 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Phillip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow, Religious Studies

Location: Room 204 Cohen Hall

Summary: Right now, we’re all teaching in the context of a major research university. But what about the future? Many of us are interested in teaching at a small liberal arts college. What can we do now to prepare for teaching in this setting? Jamal Elias will join us to discuss his experiences teaching at both a small liberal arts college and at large research universities and how those experiences translate.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Religious Studies department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Designing a New Course

Professor Nadia Heninger, Computer and Information Sciences

Thursday, September 25 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, Computer and Information Sciences

Location: Levine 307

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Computer and Information Sciences department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Making Difficult Concepts Accessible

Professor Nader Engheta, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Wednesday, September 24 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Emmabeth Parrish, CTL Graduate Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering

Location: 221 Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Providing Effective Feedback on Written Assignments

Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Tuesday, September 23 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: As graduate students, we are no strangers to the range of emotions that feedback on our own written work can evoke. As teachers and TAs, we are (or will become) all too familiar with the anxieties and responsibilities that come with written assignments to be graded. How can we strike the best possible balance when it comes not just to grading, but to giving feedback on students’ written work: how can we respond clearly, efficiently, and sufficiently to students’ written work in a way that helps them improve their performance on essays and written work? How can we use feedback on writing to help students better understand course material or general writing skills (or should we)? In this workshop, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of various methods, types, and mediums of feedback, and will discuss how to tailor them to suit particular types of assignments.

Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students

Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Senior Fellow

Monday, September 22 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: The difficulties that students encounter in our classes are many and varied, and often opaque to us as teachers. This workshop will address strategies for being actively supportive of students who are struggling: how to train yourself to see struggle in your classroom, how to structure conversations with students you think or know are having a tough time, how to incorporate support structures into your classroom as a routine practice, and how to develop elements of course-design that can help to create an accessible environment for your students before the term even begins.

Teaching with Triggers: Texts and Trauma in the Classroom

Professors Bridget Murnaghan & Emily Wilson, Classics, and Nathaniel Amos, Counseling and Psychological Services

Friday, September 19 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Location: Classics Lounge, 2nd floor, Cohen Hall

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Classics department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Synthesizing the Ideal TA: A Forum on Graduate-Student Teaching in Chemistry

Professors Sally Mallory and Don Berry, Chemistry, plus a student panel

Thursday, September 18 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: Vagelos 2000

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Chemistry department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching the Histories of Art and Science

Professor John Tresch, History & Sociology of Science, and Professor Michael Leja, History of Art

Wednesday, September 17 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Peter Sachs Collopy, CTL Graduate Fellow, History & Sociology of Science

Location: NOTE NEW LOCATION: Cohen 392

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History & Sociology of Science and History of Art departments and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Time-Efficient Teaching

Professor Tim Rommen, Music

Tuesday, September 9 | 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Vanessa Williams, CTL Graduate Fellow, Music

Location: Lerner Center 102

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Music department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

TAing 101: Making the Most of the Relationship with your Professor

Professor Josh Gold, Neuroscience, and a panel of experienced Neuroscience TAs

Monday, September 8 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Barchi Library, John Morgan building, room 140

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Neuroscience program and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Introductory Classes in Biology

Professor Brenda Casper, Biology

Thursday, September 4 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Tanya Singh, CTL Graduate Fellow, Biology

Location: Liedy Labs 109

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Biology department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.