Advisor on Educational Initiatives to the Vice Provost, Adjunct Associate Professor of History
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 associate 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, as well as the history of media. 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).
Senior Associate Director
Graduate Student Programming
Ian Petrie is a Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, with primary responsibility for programming for graduate students. 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. With students, he also has researched the history of a ship which transported indentured laborers from India to Guyana. He teaches courses on the global history of technology for the History and Sociology of Science department and on the Indian Ocean for South Asia Studies. To make an appointment, use this Calendly link.
Senior Associate Director
Catherine Turner is a Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, with primary responsibility for programming for faculty. 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.
Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Programming
Jamiella Brooks is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, with primary responsibility for programming related to equitable and inclusive teaching. Jamiella earned her Ph.D. in French Literature at University of California, Davis, and her B.A. in English at Oberlin College. She has served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in France and participated in the McNair Scholarship and Mellon Fellows programs. Her teaching and research interests include sociolinguistics, language and power, discourse analysis, and anticolonial pedagogies, and she has presented on codeswitching and linguistic equity. Her current project involves analyzing pedagogical practices of settler colonial education that persist in present-day teaching practices. Prior to coming to Penn, Jamiella served as founding director of the Teaching Assistant Program at Berea College. She is the author of several articles on navigating college, including "Dissertating While Parenting: Not a Contradiction" and "Tackling the Academy: Practical Advice for Navigating the Culture." She has an article in the 2020 second edition of Presumed Incompetent: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia.
Graduate Student Programming
Cait S. Kirby is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned her PhD in Biological Sciences from Vanderbilt University as an NIH predoctoral fellow, where she sought to understand how the amount of mitochondrial DNA is regulated in worms (C. elegans). Before that, she earned her BA in Biological Sciences and Anthropology, and her MS in Biological Sciences, from Smith College. At both Vanderbilt and Smith, Cait developed teaching laboratory exercises to encourage students to engage in authentic research questions, including this published teaching lab and a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) lab, highlighted by Vanderbilt and some of her students. Cait enjoys using many approaches to promoting student learning, including games and metacognition strategies in the classroom.
Online Instructional Design & Teaching with Technology
Jessica Morris is an Associate Director of Online Instructional Design for both the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Online Learning Initiative. She earned her M.S. in Instructional Technology Management at La Salle University and her B.A. in Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a graduate certificate in Training and Educational Technology from George Washington University and has over a decade of experience in designing online learning content, assessments, and interactive tools. Jessica supports faculty in integrating instructional technologies in ways that promote meaningful learning experiences and innovative teaching practices in both online and classroom-based learning environments.
Jennifer Round is an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, with primary responsibility for faculty programming. She completed her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University and a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Davidson College. Prior to coming to Penn, Jennifer was an Associate Professor at Ursinus College, where she taught Biology and Neuroscience while supporting undergraduate research on synapse formation in the vertebrate nervous system. Jennifer is also the recipient of a Charles E. Kaufman New Investigator Award from The Pittsburgh Foundation in recognition of her ability to integrate teaching and research in a liberal arts environment. At Penn, Jennifer teaches in the Biology department. Her interests include active learning, inclusive pedagogy, teaching with primary literature, as well as fused courses that blur the distinction between lectures and labs.
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.