Bruce Lenthall is the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Advisor on Educational Initiatives to the Vice Provost for Education and an adjunct associate professor of history. With the Center for Teaching and Learning, he promotes teaching excellence at Penn, supporting instructors in developing their teaching – across modes – and leading initiatives to encourage specific high-impact teaching practices. He regularly leads seminars related to active learning and inclusive and equitable teaching. He also oversees the Center’s support for teaching with technology and online teaching and has partnered on successful HHMI and AAU grants to improve STEM teaching at Penn.
As a scholar, Bruce explores the history of media and 20th-century U.S. history. He is the author of a book on radio’s impact on the United States in the 1930s, Radio’s America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture. In the past, he has taught at Bryn Mawr College and Barnard College. Bruce earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and his B.A. from Carleton College.