Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Classroom

About Navigating the Classroom

Navigating the Classroom seeks to help graduate teaching assistants be successful in the classroom through workshops and resources. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library offer extensive programming to assist graduate student teachers in the classroom.

Other University Events

Course for Non-native English Speaking PhD Candidates : GAS 610 Research Paper Writing

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GAS) is offering an advanced writing course for non-native English speaking Ph.D. candidates. The course will be held in the fall semester and registration is now open through special permission.

GAS 610 is a writing course designed for Ph.D. students whose native language is not English. The features of academic writing used in American universities will be explored. This will be done by analyzing sample texts, papers in various academic disciplines, and the students' own writing. A variety of rhetorical patterns will be practiced and attention will be paid to organization, development of ideas, clarity, coherence, style, and grammar and mechanics.

Weekly writing assignments will be given throughout the first half of the term. These short assignments will build upon the skills taught in class and will be analyzed and edited. The students will be free to adapt the topics to their own disciplines and areas of interest.

During the second half of the term, the students will choose a topic for their final writing project. They can combine this project with a paper that they are working on for another course, an article they are submitting for publication, or a chapter of their dissertation. During this time, work on the final paper will take place via one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Editing and revising will be ongoing throughout this period.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:30 AM

This course is open to Ph.D. candidates only. Preference will be given to candidates further along in their programs. Registration is by permit. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Gillstrom at stating their program, school and current year of study.

Teaching Workshops

Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate Student Center co-sponsor a series of workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who are interested in learning and improving their teaching skills.

Course in College Teaching - CTL

Every Tuesday beginning Tuesday, June 02, 2015, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Center for Teaching and Learning

The Course in College Teaching is a ten-week course designed to help graduate students and post-docs at the University of Pennsylvania prepare to teach their first college course.  The program will encourage participants to become more thoughtful teachers by creating relevant materials (sample assignments; a syllabus; a teaching statement) and working with other participants to improve their teaching. For current doctoral students: While this is a non-credit course, completing it does count for three of the five teaching workshops
required for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Teaching Certificate, as described on the CTL website. To register, email Ian Petrie,


Common Room Hours

Mon, May 18: 9AM-6PM May 19 - TBD: CLOSED for Renovations

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221