Thirty-eight research universities that produce one-third of U.S. doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields now are members of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching skills and increase the diversity of future STEM university faculty members.  The CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.

CIRTL Core Ideas

The CIRTL Core Ideas, often referred to as the Pillars, are at the foundation of all that CIRTL does: Teaching-as-Research, Learning Community, and Learning-through-Diversity. The teaching-as-research and learning community ideas formed the basis of the CIRTL proposal and strategic plan. Enhancing learning for all students has been woven into all CIRTL initiatives since the beginning, but only late in the first year of the project did we recognize the importance of making learning-through-diversity an explicit third foundational concept.

In addition to CIRTL building local learning communities at each member university, CIRTL emphasizes the importance of developing national connections through network exchanges and virtual courses. This allows students and faculty from institutions across the country to interact and engage with one another.  Additionally, local and Network programming is aligned with core learning outcomes that promote improving the quality of teaching in the sciences so that more students enjoy and stay in the sciences, and provides professional development opportunities and networking currently unavailable to many graduate students.

How to Get Involved

The CIRTL-UTA programs is designed to supplement your doctoral work, not distract you from it.  The programming focuses on building small learning communities for students to share and discuss the literature of teaching and learning in their discipline.  Additionally, workshops and other events will be offered several times each semester to provide an opportunity for all students to gain additional knowledge about the CIRTL Core Ideas.  The level of participation is up to each individual student.   Participants in CIRTL-UTA can earn certification on their transcripts at three levels: Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar, which can be used to demonstrate your commitment to quality teaching during your employment search.

Your relationship with CIRTL can continue after graduation, and you can continue to use CIRTL network and CIRTL-UTA resources and networks as you start your career

To get started, select Get Involved from the top menu bar to learn more about the our learning communities and upcoming workshops and events at UTA and those provided online through the CIRTL Network.  Also, email Dr. James P Grover (grover at uta dot edu) to sign up for the CIRTL-UTA listserv, and you will receive emails about upcoming programs. To subscribe to the UTA CIRTL email list, email Shashank Kumat (kumats at uta dot edu).




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