Events



Teaching Slavery: Pedagogical Strategies

Professor Kathy Brown, History

Wednesday, February 22 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: SaraEllen Strongman, CTL Graduate Fellow, Africana Studies

Location: 3401A Walnut St., 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.
Please RSVP here: http://doodle.com/poll/s3twvnp4r9cvp72d

Teaching An Undergraduate Research Seminar

Najnin Islam, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

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

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: What does a research seminar for undergraduates look like? How does it differ from a regular undergraduate seminar and what steps can we as instructors take to address the specific needs of such a class? In this workshop we will discuss the basics of how to design a research seminar, strategies to help students learn different research skills and create an effective balance between teaching methods on the one hand and content on the other.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching In/With Museums

Professor Catriona MacLeod, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of German; Department Chair, Germanic Languages and Literatures and Professor Michael Leja, Professor of History of Art; Chair, Graduate Group in the History of Art

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

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Erika Kontulainen, CTL Graduate Fellow, German

Location: The Max Kade Center (3401 Walnut St., Room 329-A)

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

Composing Exam Questions: Short Answers and Multiple Choice

Dr. Kirsten Hickerson, Practice Assitant Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Family & Community Health

Wednesday, February 22 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Helen Teng, CTL Graduate Fellow, Nursing

Location: Fagin 229L

Summary: Dr. Kirsten Hickerson, Practice Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Family and Community Health will share with us her experiences with writing exam questions for core undergraduate clinical courses. She will also touch up on ways to assess exam performance and psychometrics as well as the importance of a personal introspective approach to teaching the content.
Please RSVP using this Doodle poll link, thank you: http://doodle.com/poll/ruc8uikv7xmhqrgg. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Nursing department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Integrating Walking Tours and Classroom Exercises into Teaching

Professor Domenic Vitiello, City & Regional Planning

Thursday, February 23 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City and Regional Planning

Location: Meet at 40th and Locust Walk

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.

Powerpoint (and Friends): Making Good Use of Presentation Software

Noa Hegesh, CTL Graduate Fellow, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Thursday, February 23 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: It is now considered a given that instructors will use presentation software to show text, images and video clips in the classroom. Our goal in using presentations is to pique students’ interest and aid their comprehension and retention of material. But how can we do this effectively? Which of the available presentation software, old and new, best suits our needs? How do we make sure presentations don’t take over our lectures, or even cause students to disengage? This presentation explores our old friend PowerPoint, and newer platforms such as LaTex’s Beamer and Prezi. We will analyze some presentation examples, and discuss the pros and cons of their technical and pedagogical aspects.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum:
Challenge, Stress and Distress in the Classroom: Teaching Student Mental Well-Being

Professors Robert Ghrist, Electrical and Systems Engineering and Susan Margulies, Bioengineering

Monday, February 27 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: Levine 512

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.

How Do You Teach When Issues in the World Are Becoming Part of Your Class?

SaraEllen Strongman, CTL Graduate Fellow, Africana Studies

Monday, February 27 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. What happens when events outside of the classroom affect the environment in the classroom? This workshop will discuss strategies to address local and global events, including tragedies, with your class. Participants will come away with concrete tools to support students through difficult times while continuing to meet pedagogical goals.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Facilitating An Active Learning Environment in General STEM Courses

Professor Don Berry, Chemistry

Monday, February 27 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: New Faculty Conference Room(Room 117, CHEM '73)

Summary: The ubiquity of the computer has enabled a paradigm shift in teaching. In lieu of a traditional lecture, an instructor can now use classroom time as a way to develop skills in an involved manner. This active learning environment has its tradeoffs, so what are some of the best practices in implementing this course design to make the most of the benefits? In this workshop, Professor Don Berry will address these questions by sharing his experiences teaching chemistry for the Structured, Active, In-Class Learning (SAIL) Program. 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.

Rethinking Pedagogy in the Contemporary Moment

Professor Ania Loomba, English

Tuesday, February 28 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Najnin Islam, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

Location: Fisher Bennett, Faculty Lounge

Summary: How has the current political climate affected our classrooms? How has it changed or inflected our responsibilities as instructors? As individuals who are also coming to terms with the social and political changes around us, how do we decide what to prioritize in our classrooms? In this workshop Prof. Ania Loomba will reflect on the changes brought by the recent U.S elections in our pedagogic practice and lead a discussion on how we might help our students navigate some of the challenges they may be facing at the moment. Participants are encouraged to reflect on and share their observations about the post-election classroom, and also express their thoughts and concerns about teaching at this time. : How can we work with students who may have concerns for their acceptance and safety? How can we handle potential confrontations between students of different perspectives? What concerns so graduate students’ have about how their own identities will be received? How can the classroom atmosphere differ across different institutions? Please bring your ideas and about such issues and anything else that you are concerned about or think should be discussed in the workshop. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the English department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Academic Freedom and Free Speech in the Classroom: A Panel Discussion on Opportunities, Tensions, Limits and the Implications for Our Teaching

Professors Sigal Ben-Porath, Education, Carolyn Marvin, Annenberg and David Rudovsky, Law

Tuesday, February 28 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Faculty Events

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: In this open panel disscussion Sigal Ben-Porath of Education, Carolyn Marvin of Annenberg, and David Rudovsky of Law will discuss the meanings of academic freedom and free speech in the classroom and the implications of those ideas for taking stands in class, shaping the terms of classroom discussions, and making space for student perspectives. This discussion of both our teaching practices and the rules and traditions that shape those practices. We will addresses faculty concerns, in the current moment of political change, about factors that may open up or constrain what we can say in the classroom and how we create a classroom environment that encourages intellectual inquiry. All faculty, graduate students and other instructors are welcome. The session will include time for informal conversation at the close.

The Great Laptop Debate

Paul Mitchell, CTL Graduate Fellow, Anthropology

Tuesday, February 28 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Conference Room (133 Van Pelt Library)

Summary: In recent years, an intense debate about the role of laptops in the classroom has emerged. Are laptops a distraction to students who use them and students around them? Should they be banned from classrooms? Should instructors care what their students do with their laptops while in class? We will discuss multiple sides to these issues, and in so doing identify some contexts where laptop use might best be restricted, and other contexts where the integration of online tools into classrooms can increase student learning. We will review some programs that might be especially useful for students to use on laptops while in classrooms of all kinds, from STEM to the social sciences and humanities
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

The Art Of The Syllabus: Constructing A Course

Professor Salamishah Tillet, Engish and Africana Studies

Thursday, March 2 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: SaraEllen Strongman, CTL Graduate Fellow, Africana Studies and Najnin Islam, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

Location: 3401A Walnut St., Room 330A

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

Pedagogical Strategies: Tips From Four Decades of Teaching

Professor Carolyn Marvin, Communication

Thursday, March 2 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Elena Maris, CTL Graduate Fellow, Communication

Location: ASC room 300

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

Helping Students See Themselves As Belonging in Your Field

Trishala Parthasarathi, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Monday, March 13 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. A “sense of belonging” can be crucial in determining whether students decide to pursue a career in their field of interest. However, some students may face more struggles than others in certain environments. This workshop will discuss how to cultivate a sense of belonging among students of all academic and social backgrounds. Stereotype threat may be one of the challenges that can affect performance in the classroom, and we will briefly discuss strategies on how to mitigate it. In addition, we will talk about ways to facilitate conversation in the classroom that invite all perspectives to make students feel like they have the ability to be successful.

Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Integrating Outreach & Community Engagement wiht the Classroom

Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

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

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: Engaging with the community has great benefits for undergraduate students, for instructors and for community members. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for how university instructors and graduate students can implement outreach into their own course’s design. Doing so creates opportunities for the students to gain real world experience, which can help reinforce a breadth of learning objectives. For example, political science students may exercise their civic responsibility, while engineering students can gain a broader perspective on the impact of their research. This workshop will also review the logistical considerations that should be made in order to realize the full potential of community partnerships. Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Technology in the Classroom and Teaching for Retention

Judith Currano, Chemistry Library

Wednesday, March 15 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: New Faculty Conference Room(Room 117, CHEM '73)

Summary: Recent advances in technology have created a suite of new tools to integrate into the classroom. From clickers to interactive whiteboards, the classroom space is more maellable than ever. In this workshop, Judith Currano will review these innovations, with a particular focus on how they can be used to enhance student retention of the course material. 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 Studio Courses

Professors Stefan Al, Urban Design and Erick Guerra, City & Regional Planning

Thursday, March 16 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City and Regional Planning

Location: Meyerson Hall 3 North

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.

Teaching With Technology:
Using Multi-Media Creative Projects To Help Students Understand Complicated Material

Professors Deborah Thomas, Anthropology and David Comberg, Design

Friday, March 17 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 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.

Providing Feedback to Promote Student Success and Growth

Helen Teng, CTL Graduate Fellow, Nursing

Monday, March 20 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. Feedback is an essential aspect of teaching and learning. In this workshop, we aim to discuss strategies to provide effective feedback that enhances student learning and performance. In addition, we will discuss ways to use feedback to promote inclusivity in the classroom.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching From A Suitcase: How To Develop A Program and Curriculum for Summer Study Abroad

Simon Richter, Professor of German; Director of the Penn Summer Abroad in Berlin & Rotterdam

Tuesday, March 21 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Erika Kontulainen, CTL Graduate Fellow, German

Location: Williams 440

Summary: Studies indicate that while traditional study abroad remains popular, there is a complementary trend toward focused, short-term study abroad experiences. Participants of this workshop will learn about various models of summer abroad experience based on Penn’s Summer Study Abroad offerings, including a “tour” of Penn in Berlin & Rotterdam and its associated course, “Comparative Cultures of Sustainability.” Group workshop activities will involve participants in brainstorming possible programs and courses within in their discipline that integrate teaching goals, local resources, and appeal to undergraduate students.All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the German department and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

A light breakfast will be served.

Teaching Outside Your Expertise

Professor Marc Schmidt, Biological Basis of Behavior

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

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Trishala Parthasarathi, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Levin 357

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

Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum:
Motivating Students and Getting Them Excited to Think in Your Class

Professors Mark Allen, Electrical and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Igor Bargatin, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Wednesday, March 22 | 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 Students to Think in Your Discipline

Joseph Hoisington, CTL Graduate Fellow, Mathematics

Thursday, March 23 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: What are the essential questions that students, teachers and researchers in your field are (or should be) interested in? How can they answer them? What counts as evidence? What counts as proof? What are the goals of your field? How can students understand them? How can they contribute to them?
In this workshop, we will talk about how, in our teaching, we can help our students understand the questions, goals and methodologies of our fields.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Faculty-to-Faculty:
Helping Students To Learn From Their Work And Feedback On It

Professors Brian Gregory, Biology and Meg Kassabaum, Anthropology

Thursday, March 23 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

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 with Library Resources

Dr. John Pollack, Public Services, Kislak Center

Friday, March 24 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Jane Sancinito, CTL Graduate Fellow, Ancient History

Location: 625 Van Pelt Library

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

Ways In Which Class Discussions I Led Fell Into The Pit, and What I'm Trying To Learn From Them

Professor Christopher Atwood, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Friday, March 24 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Noa Hegesh, CTL Graduate Fellow, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Location: Williams Hall room 844

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

Creating An Inclusive Teaching Atmosphere on the First Day of Classes

Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Monday, March 27 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Summary: This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. During this workshop, we will discuss strategies for setting an atmosphere of inclusiveness on the first day of class for the rest of the semester. We will address the meaning of inclusive teaching, our goals for inclusiveness with respect to the classes we teach, and develop actions we can take to engage all students from day one.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Developing Your Instructional Communication Skills

Elena Maris, CTL Graduate Fellow, Communications

Tuesday, March 28 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: CTL Seminar Room, Room 134, Van Pelt Library

Summary: In this workshop, we will learn about major findings in instructional communication research and how to use them in your classroom. We will discuss communicating authority and immediacy in teaching, using humor, and avoiding aggressive communication traits. Further, we will discuss relational power in the classroom, student orientations toward communicating, and how to think about students’ verbal and nonverbal responsiveness. Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Ancient Texts In A Modern Classroom

Dr. Ori Tavor, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Friday, March 31 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Noa Hegesh, CTL Graduate Fellow, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Location: Williams Hall room 844

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

Bringing Diverse Viewpoints into the Classroom

Professor Lisa Servon, City & Regional Planing

Thursday, April 6 | 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City and Regional Planning

Location: Meyerson Hall 3 North

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.

Teaching About Race In Troubled Times

Professor Anthea Butler, Africana Studies & Religion

Monday, April 10 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: SaraEllen Strongman, CTL Graduate Fellow, Africana Studies

Location: 3401A Walnut St., 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.

Redesigning Courses and Teaching from Scratch

Professor E. James Petersson, Chemistry

Wednesday, April 12 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: New Faculty Conference Room(Room 117, CHEM '73)

Summary: As a course instructor, you may be faced with the challenge of teaching an outdated syllabus or creating a new course entirely. This is especially relevant for instructors of modern STEM courses, where new research is frequently redefining the direction of the field. In this workshop, Professor E. James Petersson will share the insight he’s gained about this process from his experiences in redesigning CHEM 243 and developing another course from scratch. 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 Anthropology Alongside and Before the Tenure Track

Dr. Derek Newberry, Wharton, Dr. Mariam Durrani, Harvard and Dr. Adam Leeds, Harvard and Columbia

Thursday, April 13 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Paul Mitchell, CTL Graduate Fellow, Anthropology

Location: Room 329, Penn Museum

Summary: Three recent Penn Anthropology PhDs who have secured post-docs or have created innovate careers outside the tenure track will talk and field questions both about teaching for the job market as well as opportunities for teaching in careers outside or alongside academia. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Anthropology department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

(Co-hosted with the Graduate Anthropology Forum.)

Faculty-To-Faculty:
Teaching Contentious Topics

Professors Jonathan Moreno, History and Sociology of Science, and Medical Ethics and Heather Sharkey, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Thursday, April 20 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

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.

Pedagogy Behind The Curtain: How To Get Students On Board With A Project Of A Class

Professor Jolyon Thomas, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

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

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Noa Hegesh, CTL Graduate Fellow, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Location: Williams Hall room 844

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