CTL Staff

Bruce Lenthall Bruce Lenthall
Executive Director, and Advisor on Educational Initiatives to the Vice Provost
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Bruce Lenthall is the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Advisor on Educational Initiatives to the Vice Provost for Education, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of History. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and his B.A. from Carleton College. Prior to returning to Penn, he taught in the history departments at Bryn Mawr College and Barnard College. In his own teaching and research, he explores 20th-century U.S. cultural, political and social history. He is the author of a book on radio in the United States in the 1930s, Radio’s America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Ian Petrie Ian Petrie
Senior Associate Director
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Ian Petrie is a Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He took a B.A. in History from Queen’s University and an M.A. in Chinese history from the University of British Columbia. He completed his doctorate in South Asian history at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. From 2004 to 2009 he taught Western Civilization, South Asian History, Islamic History, and African History at Saint Joseph’s University. His current research concerns the history of technology and labor history as viewed through the study of multinationals in late colonial India. He teaches courses on the history of science and medicine in Asia in the History and Sociology of Science department.

Catherine Turner Catherine Turner
Senior Associate Director
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Catherine Turner is a Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1998 to 2007, she taught English and American Studies at College Misericordia where she also served at Honors Co-Director. Her teaching and research focuses on the business of publishing, taste, and public policy. She is the author of Marketing Modernism Between the Two Wars (University of Massachusetts Press, 2003) and co-editor with Greg Barnhisel of Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda and the Cold War (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010). Her current research examines the intersections between the publishing industry, literacy programs, and public policy during the 1920s and 1930s. She teaches a variety of courses on American literature in the English department.

Emily Elliott
Associate Director
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Emily Elliott is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at University of California, San Francisco, and her B.A. in Biological Sciences at Connecticut College. As a graduate student, she researched the role of innate immune system in autoimmune disease. Emily served as an HHMI Science Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow at Iowa State University, where she researched early germ cell development and biology education, and taught introductory biology and an honors seminar, the Real Science Behind the News.

Julie McGurk Julie McGurk
Associate Director
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Julie McGurk is an Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. Julie researched the molecular mechanisms of synapse formation in development as a graduate student in the lab of Guo-li Ming as well as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Rita Balice-Gordon at the University of Pennsylvania. As a postdoctoral fellow, Julie taught both introductory biology and introductory neuroscience at Rutgers University-Camden through the Penn-PORT program. She teaches Intro to Brain and Behavior and Developmental Neurobiology for the Biological Basis of Behavior program.

Sara DeMucci Sara DeMucci
Administrative Coordinator
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Sara DeMucci is the Administrative Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She is a long time employee of the University of Pennsylvania having previously held positions in the School of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office, Perelman Quadrangle and the School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

CTL Graduate Fellows for Teaching Excellence, 2014–2015

Bronwyn Wallace
Senior Graduate Fellow
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Bronwyn Wallace is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the English Department. Her dissertation, ‘Intimate Exegesis: Affect, Interpretation, and Early Modern Devotional Poetry,’ coordinates patristic theology and queer theory in a study of gender and eroticism in devotional poetics. At Penn, she has served as a Senior Tutor at the Writing Center and taught several courses in writing and the study of literature for the Critical Writing Program, the Liberal and Professional Studies program, the Pre-Freshman Program, and the English Department. In 2013, she received the SAS Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Justin Bernstein
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Justin Bernstein is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the philosophy department. He received his B.A. in philosophy at Vassar College and an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on political and legal philosophy, and meta-normative issues. More specifically, he is interested in the following questions: How should we conceive of political legitimacy, and what (if any) are the necessary and sufficient conditions for exercises of political power to be legitimate? And do subjects of the state have any obligations as a consequence of a state legitimately exercising its political power? Justin has been a teaching assistant for two years at Penn, leading recitations in The Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, The Social Contract, and The Philosophy of Law. Prior to coming to Penn, Justin was a teaching assistant for Introduction to Philosophy for two years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before that, he spent two years teaching eighth grade English at Link Community School in Newark, NJ. Justin received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student in 2014.

Ben Chrisinger
Department of City & Regional Planning
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Ben Chrisinger is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning. His research interests center on relationships between the built environment and human health, especially as they relate to inequality and disparity, and his dissertation examines new supermarkets developed in “food deserts.” Ben received his bachelors and masters degrees in Urban & Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, where he was a teaching assistant for introductory courses in architecture and planning. At Penn, Ben has been a TA for an urban economics course, was a Graduate Associate with Fisher-Hassenfeld College House, and currently serves as a Grant Advisor with the Graduate Student Center.

Peter Sachs Collopy
History and Sociology of Science
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Peter Sachs Collopy is a seventh-year doctoral candidate in History and Sociology of Science. His dissertation, “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s,” is about how video became a political and psychological technology as it left the television studio. Peter has taught courses at Penn on Cyberculture and The Emergence of Modern Science, and will be teaching Technology and Society in fall 2014. Prior to coming to Penn, he worked as a writing tutor and science museum demonstrator.

Lili Dworkin
Computer and Information Science
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Lili Dworkin is a third-year doctoral student in the Computer and Information Science department. Her research spans the boundary between theoretical computer science and machine learning, and involves the analysis and experimental validation of various learning algorithms. While at Penn, she has TAed for two semesters, participated as teaching staff in a Coursera MOOC, and taught the Python mini-course, which she will be offering again in the fall. She was also the 2012-2013 teaching practicuum award winner for her department.

Ian M. Hartshorn
Political Science
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Ian M. Hartshorn is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Political Science department. His research focuses on comparative politics in the Arab Middle East. His dissertation “Corporatism, Labor Mobilization, and the Seeds of Revolution in Egypt and Tunisia” focuses on labor politics in the recent uprisings. Ian received a BA with research honors in Religion from Bucknell University, where he served as a TA in the International Relations department. At Penn he has served as a TA for Comparative Politics, International Relations, and International Security, and as an instructor in the Critical Writing Program. He has offered courses on the Arab Uprisings at Drexel University and serves as a Visiting Instructor at Bryn Mawr College. Ian completed the CTL Certificate in College and University Teaching in 2013.

Alice Hu
Classical Studies
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Alice Hu is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Classical Studies department. Her dissertation explores the reception of Greek tragic models in Roman Augustan and imperial epic as a means of reflecting on issues of succession, paternity, and affiliation. Prior to coming to Penn, Alice worked as a peer writing tutor at Stanford University’s writing center. At Penn, Alice has taught Elementary Latin I and II and Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek, and has been a TA for the Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome history courses.

Jacob Nagy
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Jacob Nagy is a third year PhD student in the Chemistry department. His primary research focuses on the synthetic development of novel helical scaffolds constructed via oligomeric Tröger’s base analogs. Before coming to Penn, Jacob graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a B.A. in Chemistry and English Literature where he also served as a lab assistant and organic chemistry tutor. At Penn, Jacob has served as a TA for three semesters of Organic Chemistry lab (CHEM-245) and one semester of Intro. Organic Chemistry (CHEM-241). He received one of the Chemistry Department’s awards for outstanding performance by a Teaching Assistant in the Spring of 2014.

Emmabeth Parrish
Materials Science and Engineering
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Emmabeth Parrish is a third year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on nanocomposite and polymer physics for both basic science understanding and biologically relevant applications. She has and continues to TA the undergraduate class Self Assembly of Soft Matter. She has taught middle school girls about materials science and engineering through GEMS, girls in engineering, math and science, a day camp conducted through the University of Pennsylvania’s Advancing Women in Engineering program. She regularly organizes and participates in outreach events geared toward teaching general audiences about science. Emma is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient.

Tanya Singh
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Tanya Singh is a fifth year PhD candidate (ABD) in the biology department, studying Evolutionary Biology. Her dissertation focuses on adaptation in populations of asexual organisms that possess extremely high mutation rates. She completed her bachelor’s in engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in India in 2010, in Biotechnology. Since she started at Penn, she has TAed for Introductory Biology (BIOL 102) , Statistics for Biologists (BIOL 446) and Human Genetics and Disease Evolution (BIOL 422). Since she has taught courses that are very different in scope and audience, she feels comfortable with students at different levels of their college education.

Colin Smith
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Colin Smith is a fifth year PhD candidate in neuroscience. His research focuses on the effects of concussive brain injury on cortical circuits underlying memory. He received a B.A. from Macalester College, with majors in both Neuroscience and Psychology. He TAed Behavioral Neuoscience at Macalester, and has served as a TA for Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and as the Head TA for Introduction to Brain and Behavior here at Penn. Colin has served as an instructor and coordinator for the Upward Bound Summer Neuroscience course, and is a Netter Center Mentoring Fellow.

Phillip Webster
Religious Studies
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Phillip Webster is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Religious Studies. His dissertation explores the effects and functioning of the soul in Clement of Alexandria’s second century manual for Christian living, the Paidagogus. He has served as a TA for a wide range of classes, including courses in Bio-Ethics, Africana Studies and New Testament. In the coming year, he will teach three courses: Religion and Violence, Jesus and Judaism, and Paul and his Interpreters.

Vanessa Williams
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Vanessa Williams is a third year doctoral student in the Music department, specializing in Music History. Her research focuses on twentieth century musical performance in times of war, and the constellation of relationships between music, politics, and community. She currently teaches the ’1000 Years of Musical Listening’ at Penn, having led seminars on harmony and counterpoint at the University of Southampton during completion of her Master’s degree.

Past CTL Graduate Fellows