Scheduled Programs

The Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center (GLTC) sponsors and organizes a variety of programs each semester.

Special Programs

Post-Election Pedagogy: a GLTC Roundtable, 12:20 PM - 1:20 PM, Thursday, October 22

  • The weeks leading up to and following the 2020 presidential election will likely be emotionally-fraught for students. The Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center is hosting a roundtable  discussion for College and Conservatory teaching staff about teaching in the context of political turmoil. Faculty presenters will share ideas for supporting students and student learning during election season and offer reflections on teaching in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. To sign up, please send an email to Chelsey Felty at

Lunch Breakthrough

Members of the Oberlin Community share a novel idea (big or small), related to teaching, the curriculum, the co-curricular, or programming.

  • Thursdays, 12:20 - 1:20 PM
  • StudiOC
  • Lunch is catered by The Hotel at Oberlin


Two to three workshops are given every semester based around a theme. Workshops can include guests from outside the institution and often involve collaboration of the GLTC in collaboration with other offices on campus.


  • September 24: How Does White Language Supremacy Influence What We Really Value in Student Writing? 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • October 1: Designing and Using Labor-Based Grading Contracts for Antiracist Classrooms 5:00 - 6:30 PM
  • October 8: Hybrid Pedagogy Check-in 12:20 - 1:20 PM
  • October 22: Post-Election Pedagogy Roundtable 12:20 - 1:20 PM
  • November 12: Virtual Computer Lab 12:30 - 1:15 PM
  • January 14: Homegrown Best Practices for Antiracism 4:30 PM

Lunch Breakthrough

Winter Term Pedagogies
Learn about different models for on-campus winter term group projects. How can you engage students in your research while cultivating their capacity to work on independent projects? Learn about guild models and communities of practice and making an on-campus winter term project benefit both your research/artistic production and student learning. Panelists will include Josh Sperling (Cinema Studies), Wendy Kozol (Comparative American Studies) and Tania Boster (Bonner Center; GLTC)
Thursday, September 19, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Best Practices for Peer-to-Peer Instruction 
Experienced Writing Associates will share best practices for peer to peer instruction. This event is open to students and faculty. 
Thursday, September 26, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Effective Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research
Interested in collaborating with colleagues on an exhibition, a StudiOC learning community, a winter term project, a conference panel? Your colleagues will share tips on how to design, and sustain meaningful collaboration in various permutations. This lunch is also an opportunity to meet other faculty who are interested in interdisciplinary collaboration. Panelists will include: Cindy Chapman (Religion); Stiliana Milkova (Comparative Literature); Taylor Allen (Biology).
Thursday, October 10, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

(Co)-curricular Mentoring
Faculty and staff mentors will discuss how they help students bridge the curricular and co-curricular divide across a number of cohorts/contexts including Posse Scholars, Bonner Scholars, Undergraduate Research, and peer mentoring programs. In addition to short presentations from faculty and staff mentors, we will brainstorm ideas about how the Gertrude B Lemle Teaching Center (GLTC) can support faculty and staff in their roles as mentors. Adrian Bautista, Assistant Vice President in Student Life, will moderate a panel of Oberlin staff and faculty mentors.
Thursday, October 17, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Teaching Center Open House 
Thursday, October 31, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Private Readings: To Do or Not to Do? How to do?
Under what circumstances should you agree to do a private reading? What are the benefits of a private reading for students? How can we articulate learning goals for private readings? How can private readings be structured in such a way that is manageable for faculty? Faculty Teaching Fellow, Mike Parkin (Politics) will lead this discussion.
Thursday, November 7, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Engaging the Public with your Scholarship and/or Artistic Work
Join us for a discussion about ways to engage the public with your research and/or arts practice. In addition to discussing rhetorical and communication strategies for reaching a broader audience, the conversation will address media platforms that are conducive for extending ideas and work beyond academia. Panelists will include Fredara Hadley (Ethnomusicology) and Tamika Nunley (History).
Thursday, November 21, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

What are you Working On?
Please join us for lunchtime conversation about your current scholarship and your scholarship/research-related goals for the semester. The first week of classes is both the worst and the best time for such a conversation: the worst, for obvious reasons; the best, because it may help you plan your research/writing agenda for the semester.
We would also like to hear your ideas about ways the GLTC can expand provide support for scholarship. 
Thursday, February  6, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Zoom: real-time learning across distance
Videoconferencing technology holds great potential for teaching and learning across distance. When, how, and why might you consider using Zoom in your courses? Join Abe Reshad, Director of Language Technology and Academic Support, along with Ed McKelvey (Economics), Maia Solovieva (Russian), and Elizabeth Hamilton (A&S Dean's Office, German, FYSP), for a conversation about distance learning and demonstrations of pedagogy with Zoom. 
Thursday, February 13, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served, No RSVP necessary

Overview of Internal and External Grant Opportunities
Please join us for a conversation with Pam Snyder, Executive Director, Office of Foundation and Corporate Grants. Pam will provide a brief overview of internal and external grant opportunities and field questions. 
Thursday, February 27, 12:20-1:20 StudiOC, Lunch will be served. No RSVP necessary. Please feel free to come even if you cannot stay the whole time.

Best Practices for Peer-to-Peer Instruction II
Building on the success of Fall ’19 workshop led by the Writing Associates, peer tutors in STEM (OWLS) will share best practices for peer to peer instruction. This event is open to students and faculty.  
Thursday, March 5, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Mentoring First-Gen Students - Canceled
What makes the difference between success and failure for first-gen students? What does current research say about first-gen STEM students? How does the current state of politics impact first-gen student day-to-day campus experience? 

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, one of their most-read newsletters in 2019 focused on the challenges facing first-generation students in the classroom and how faculty can better support them. As a follow-up to a November Lunch Breakthrough focusing on mentoring, we will hear from faculty and staff working with first-gen cohort programs including Posse, Bonner Scholars, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. We will also share feedback from the 2020 PossePlus Retreat (held March 6-8) with its theme "The State of Politics".
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Winter Term Project Sponsor Workshop via Zoom
Join panelists: Deanna Bergdorf, Lisa Ryno, Jill Greenwood, Charles McGuire, and Mike Rainaldi for a presentation and discussion about winter term group projects. Panelists will offer insights into different ways to design Winter Term group projects, including how to do so in ways suitable for remote instruction.  
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Lunch Breakthrough

 Spring Semester

Creative Final Assignments 
Curious about alternatives to final exams or final essays? Please join us for a discussion of unusual and effective cumulative final projects. Mary Garvin (Biology) will talk about biology students writing a children’s book. Elizabeth Hamilton (FYSP) and Jody Kerchner (PACE) will discuss a final assignment involving a river journey. Lunch will be served. 
Thursday, February 14,12:20-1:20 PM, StudiOC Lunch will be Served

Podcasting: The How & The Why
Kyle Hartzell  (Cinema Studies; CIT) and Albert Borroni (OCTET) will present on the technical aspects and pedagogical value of incorporating podcasting as a student assignment. The how to portion of the presentation will also include information about resources on campus for podcast creation.
Thursday, March 21,12:20-1:20 PM, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Speaking in the Disciplines
What is the emphasis placed on speaking in your discipline? How does this inform speaking assignments in the classroom? Please join us for a discussion about the weight that different disciplines place on speaking and how this is incorporated pedagogically. Chris Marx (Mathematics), T.S. McMillin (English), Kantara Souffrant ’08 (Art History), and Chris Trinacty (Classics) will discuss their various approaches to speaking in the classroom. 
Thursday, May 2, 12:20-1:20, StudiOC, Lunch will be served

Fall Semester
  • October 18  "Career Preparation within the Academic Department"  with Nancy Darling (Professor, Psychology); Bob Geitz (Associate Professor, Computer Science); T.S. McMillen (Professor, English)
  • November 8 "Audio Feedback"  with Laurie McMillin; Jan Cooper
  • December 6  "Makerspacers and Liberal Arts" with Abby Aresty (Technical Director and Lecturer, TIMARA



  • August 20 NFO Syllabus Workshop  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • October 9 Liberal Arts and Future of Work 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • October 10 Mentoring in Collaboration with HHMI 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • November 6 Navigating Student Mental Health 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • November 13 Committee on Writing Collaboration 4:30 PM - 6:00PM