Events



Faculty-to-Faculty Lunch:
Teaching Ferguson: Race, Justice and Contemporary Events In The Classroom

Professors Anne Norton, Political Science, and Salamishah Tillet, English

Tuesday, March 3 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: Cohen 204

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.

Designing Your Own Course

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

Tuesday, March 3 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Whether you have an opportunity to teach your own course now or are designing syllabi for job applications, this workshop will provide you with strategies for picking organizing themes, selecting readings, designing assignments, and outlining your course as a whole. We’ll cover both building your own syllabus from scratch and tailoring existing syllabi to your teaching style. Please come with an idea about a course in your discipline that you’d like to teach.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Strategies for T.A.-ing and Beyond

Eram Alam, Rosanna Dent, Elaine LeFay, and Maxwell Rogoski, PhD students, HSS

Wednesday, March 4 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

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

Location: Cohen 204

Summary: This workshop features a panel of HSS TAs who have won teaching awards and taught their own courses.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History and Sociology of Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Enlivening the Dead Language Classroom

Professor James Ker, Classics

Wednesday, March 4 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Location: Classics Lounge, Second Floor Cohen Hall

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

Who gets what grade: how to fairly assess performance and determine students' grades

Dr. Hayley Nelson, Biological Basis of Behavior

Wednesday, March 4 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Solomon C-16

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.

Using the Penn Museum as a TA

Dr. Anne Tiballi, Mellon Curricular Facilitator

Thursday, March 5 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Phillip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow Religious Studies

Location: Meet at the Kress Entrance to the Penn Museum (on South street close to Convention Ave.)

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Religious Studies Department so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL certificate.

Teaching and Mentoring Doctoral Students

Dr. Eugenie Birch, Department of City & Regional Planning

Friday, March 6 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

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

Location: Meyerson Hall G-12 (Penn Institute for Urban Research Conference Room)

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in City and Regional Planning and so may be of most use to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL certificate.

Difficult Topics in the Classroom

Professor Marie Gottschalk, Political Science

Monday, March 16 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Location: Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the political science department so may be of most interest to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL certificate.

Assigning Creative Programming Projects

Professor Chris Callison-Burch, Computer and Information Science

Monday, March 16 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, CIS

Location: Raisler Lounge (Towne Room 225)

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

Teaching Cultural Heritage

Professor Brian Rose, Classics and Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

Monday, March 16 | 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Location: 2nd Floor Cohen, Classics Dept Lounge

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Classics Department and so will be of most use to students in related departments.
Counts toward the CTL Certificate.

Leading Discussions in History

Professor Kathy Peiss, History

Wednesday, March 18 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Senior Fellow

Location: Cohen 204

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

Teaching the Environmental Humanities

Professors Etienne Benson, History and Sociology of Science, and Bethany Wiggin, German

Wednesday, March 18 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

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

Location: Hughes Lounge, Cohen 351

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

Creating Assignments Across a Semester

Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Wednesday, March 18 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: As TAs, teachers, and instructors, we would all like to see our students learn content, acquire skills, and develop more fully as critical thinkers. This workshop investigates how we can help our students reach these goals by planning assignments that build on each other throughout a semester. Participants will discuss: What kinds of assignments will best foster and gauge these skills, and how can designing sequences of assignments across a semester build on previously acquired skills while setting the foundation for new skills to be learned? We will also consider how to assess students’ progress and give them feedback along the way. This workshop will be a collaborative conversation, designed to help attendees develop concrete outlines for courses that they are currently teaching or will teach in the future.
All graduate students are welcome.
This workshop counts toward the CTL certificate.

Incorporating Technology in the Classroom

Professor Andrew Rappe, Chemistry

Wednesday, March 18 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: Vagelos/IAST 2000

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

Teaching With Technology:
Organizing Your Course On Canvas-Using The Structure Of The Site To Help Your Students Understand The Class

Professors Carolyn Marvin, Communication, and Brendan O'Leary, Political Science

Monday, March 23 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 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.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides lunch for all those who register in advance.

Balancing acts in the classroom: Integrating music and media into lectures and discussions

Professor Jim Sykes, Music

Monday, March 23 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Vanessa Williams, CTL Graduate Fellow, Music

Location: Third Floor 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.

How To Make a Big Class Feel Small

Professor Caroline Connolly, Psychology

Monday, March 23 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Barchi Library, 140 John Morgan

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

Presenting Information in the Classroom in Compelling Ways

Professor Guy Grossman, Political Science

Wednesday, March 25 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Location: Stiteler 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.

Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Thursday, March 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Opportunities to mentor undergraduate students are many and varied for graduate students interested in education. However, it is rare for graduate students to receive guidance or feedback on their mentorship or supervision of undergraduate students. In this workshop we will discuss various mentoring relationships and styles that can create nurturing productive partnerships between graduate students and undergraduates. We will consider a many different approaches and styles of mentorship as well as strategies to deal with unexpected situations. In addition to these general discussions, this session will include discussion of specific issues relevant to attendees.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Using Rare Books and Manuscripts in Your Teaching

Dr. John Pollack, Library Specialist, Public Services, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Thursday, March 26 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Phillip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow Religious Studies

Location: Van Pelt Library, Kislak Center room 627

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Religious Studies department so may be of most use to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL certificate.

Leading Discussions in Art History

Professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, History of Art

Friday, March 27 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Senior Fellow

Location: Jaffee 113

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History of Art department and so may be of most use to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL certificate.

Teaching with Objects

Philip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow, Religious Studies

Monday, March 30 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Objects can liven up a classroom. They can turn abstract discussions concrete, elicit new forms of student participation, and energize new modes of learning and engagement. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to use objects to reach your own teaching goals and get students excited about your field. We’ll discuss types of objects that can be used in teaching, precious or quotidian, as well as which types of objects are best used in what ways to reach specific pedagogical goals. We’ll have a person from the Penn Museum who, drawing from her own experience, will help guide our discussion.All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Your Own CIS 19x Minicourse

Professor Joseph Devietti, Computer and Information Science

Monday, March 30 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, CIS

Location: Greenberg Lounge, Skirkanich Hall (Room 114)

Summary: Professor Devietti will be joined by a panel of past and current instructors of these courses.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Computer and Information Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum:
Helping Students to See Themselves as Part of Your Discipline

Professors Paulo Arratia, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and Dan Lee, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Tuesday, March 31 | 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.

Teaching the History of Science beyond the West

Professor Harun Küçük

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

Graduate Student Workshops

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

Location: Cohen 204

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

Faculty-to-Faculty Lunch:
Integrating Multiple Disciplines Into Your Class

Professors Sally Gordon, History and Law, and Michael Weisberg, Philosophy

Thursday, April 2 | 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.

Tailoring Classes for Different Skill Levels and Interests

Professor Joe Farrell, Classics

Thursday, April 2 | 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Location: Classics Lounge, Second Floor Cohen Hall

Summary: The field of “Classics” covers a wide range of approaches, disciplines, and perspectives, and, given the state of many Classics departments today, it is likely that many of us will be asked to teach in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences. In this workshop, Prof. Joe Farrell will lead discussion that will cover, among other things, teaching classes at different levels, how to tailor classes and material for specialist and non-specialist audiences, the transition from teaching translation courses to discussion-based classes, incorporating culture and history into translation or language classes, and incorporating literature and language into history and culture classes. Participants are also encouraged to bring up their own concerns and questions for discussion.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Classics department and so may be of most use to students in related disciplines.
Counts toward the CTL certificate.

“Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map”: Teaching With Maps

Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City and Regional Planning

Thursday, April 2 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Mapmaking challenges students to examine information differently, possibly revealing patterns or trends in information and texts that are not always noticeable at first glance. In the session, participants will discuss how to present and engage students with course content in spatial ways. This workshop welcomes students from disciplines like Earth and Environmental Science, that lend themselves easily to mapmaking, as well as other disciplines like English, where mapmaking has recently become an important classroom tool. In all cases, participants will consider several mapmaking applications (including those available at Penn and others that are freely accessible online) to discover how to design a useful mapmaking assignment, and create a map of their own.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Music: A Panel on Best Practices Across the Discipline

Professors Mauro Calcagno, Carol Muller, and Naomi Waltham-Smith, Music

Tuesday, April 14 | 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Vanessa Williams, CTL Graduate Fellow, Music

Location: Room 102, 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.

Active Learning in the Classroom

Professor Rogers Smith, Political Science

Wednesday, April 15 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Location: Stiteler Building, Silverstein 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.

Faculty-to-Faculty Lunch:
Exams That Test What We Want Students To Learn

Professors Peter Holquist, History and Jeff Winkler, Chemistry

Thursday, April 16 | 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.

Teaching in Wharton: A Different Perspective

Professor Shane Jensen, Statistics

Monday, April 20 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, CIS

Location: Levine 512

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.

Teaching with Primary Research

Professor E. James Petersson, Chemistry

Tuesday, April 21 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: Vagelos/IAST 3000

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

Managing Your Classes (and Sanity) at the End of the Semester - A Grad Student Panel

Emmerich Davies, Daniel Moak, Juman Kim, Alexandra Wiktorek Sarlo and Sarah Cate, Political Science Graduate TAs

Wednesday, April 22 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Location: Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall

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