CTL Staff

CTL staff are available for consultation about a range of teaching-related subjects.

Bruce Lenthall

Bruce Lenthall

Executive Director, and Advisor on Educational Initiatives to the Vice Provost
(215) 898-4170

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. 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
(215) 746-7677

Ian Petrie is a Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. His primary work at CTL is with programs for graduate students and he directs both graduate student TA training as well as the CTL Graduate Fellows Program. 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 Guiana. He teaches courses on the history of science and medicine in Asia for the History and Sociology of Science department and on the Indian Ocean for South Asian Studies.

Catherine Turner

Catherine Turner

Senior Associate Director
(215) 898-1686

Catherine Turner is a Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Her primary work at CTL involves technology and online and hybrid classes. 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

Emily Elliott

Associate Director
(215) 746-2230

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. She teaches First Line of Defense: The Role of Innate Immunity in Disease for the Biology department.

Julie McGurk

Julie McGurk

Associate Director
(215) 898-2126

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 (BBB) program. In 2013 she was honored as Teacher of the Year by BBB students.

Jessica Morris

Jessica Morris

Associate Director, Online Instructional Design
(215) 898-2818

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.

Sara DeMucci

Sara DeMucci

Administrative Coordinator
(215) 746-3613

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.