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.


Navigating Series Happy Hour

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, GSC Back Common Room
Registration start: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Join your fellow grad students at the Graduate Student Center for a Happy Hour to learn about Navigating Series Programs this year! Enjoy beer, wine, and snacks while enjoying the company of fellow grad students!

Other University Events

CTL Mini-Course in Online Teaching

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
WIC Seminar Room

Tuesdays, Sept 27 – Oct 18, 2016 from 5-7 pm

The Center for Teaching and Learning is partnering with Wharton online to offer a mini-course designed to introduce Penn Ph.D. students to online teaching.  The course, led by Cathy Turner (Senior Associate Director, CTL) and Anne Trumbore (Director of Wharton Online), covers both how to teach a course that is fully online and how to use online content and digital pedagogies in face-to-face courses.  The course begins on September 27 and spans four weeks with meetings from 5:00 to 7:00 each Tuesday (two of the class meetings are online).  The course works to help graduate students prepare not only for online and technology-enhanced teaching at Penn, but also for their future careers as faculty in an increasingly digital academy.  To enroll in this free, non-credit course visit or if you have questions, please email Cathy Turner

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.

In this workshop, we will explore intersections of stress, mental illness, and learning in the  university classroom.
We will discuss how stress impacts learning, differences and  overlaps between healthy, normal stress,
distress, and mental illness, and possible signs that indicate that a student is struggling in your classroom.
Workshop attendees will leave with ideas and strategies for how to help students who are navigating
through intense periods of stress, how to connect students to resources on campus, like Counseling
and Psychological Services, and how to promote a culture of wellness in your classroom.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Common Room Hours:

Monday - Friday: 12 Noon-5PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Fri, July 1 - 4: Closed

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221