CIRTL Fall Term Begins

By on October 3, 2017

CIRTL Network

CIRTL’s fall term begins today! We’re kicking off the semester with a drop-in event series on women in STEM, open registration for all of our fall workshops (more on this below), and a MOOC and an in-person teaching institute still open for registration.

We always value getting feedback from our members about how the CIRTL Network can improve its cross-Network programming. In response to member feedback, we’re changing our approach to workshop registration. Rather than open registration for workshops 3 weeks before a workshop begins, all our fall workshops are now open for registration. They’ll still close for registration about 1 week before they start, and STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions will still get priority when a workshop exceeds its cap.

Questions or comments about our programming? Contact us at

Drop-In Events

Topics in STEMinism: Women Preparing for Post-PhD Careers in STEM
Wednesdays in October: 2-3PM ET / 1-2PM CT / 12-1PM MT / 11AM-12PM PT
Examine the various ways in which social and cultural contexts shape women’s experiences in male-dominated STEM fields in this four-part event series. Events in the series include:

10/4: The Status of Women Scientists
10/11: Preparing for and Navigating the Job Market
10/18: Women in STEM Careers Panel
10/25: Exploring Critical and/or Feminist STEM Teaching and Research


Before you can register to attend one of our online workshops, you must create an account on our website. We prioritize STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions when processing enrollment; we will refer to the institution, role, and discipline listed in your profile to help determine your enrollment priority.

Qualitative Research Primer: Using Narrative Data in Your Teaching-as-Research Project
Tuesday October 10 and 24, at 4:30-6:30PM ET / 3:30-5:30PM CT / 2:30-4:30PM MT / 1:30-3:30PM PT
Get an introduction to analyzing narrative data (intended especially for students pursuing a TAR project). Cap: 30. Registration: 9/18-10/2.

5 Things To Do on the First and Last Day of Class (Workshop)
Thursday October 19 and November 16 at 2-3:30PM ET / 1-2:30PM CT / 12-1:30PM MT / 11AM-12:30PM
Learn essential tips for making the most of your first and last days of class. Cap: 50. Registration: 9/25-10/9.

Finding and Evaluating Educational Literature (Workshop)
Friday 10/20 and 10/27: 2-3:30PM ET / 1-2:30PM CT / 12-1:30PM MT / 11AM-12:30PM PT
Learn how to find and critically evaluate literature for educational research. Cap: 20. Registration: 9/25-10/9.

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan
Wednesday, 11/1: 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT
Craft a robust IDP draft and action plan by learning the components of successful, sustainable plans. Cap: 75. Registration closes 10/23.

Integrating Civic Learning into the STEM Classroom
Thursdays, 11/2 and 11/9: 2:30-4PM ET / 1:30-3PM CT / 12:30-2PM MT / 11:30AM-1PM PT
Civic learning intentionally prepares students for informed and engaged participation in their communities. Learn how to develop civic learning assignments and learning goals in this workshop. Cap: 25. Registration closes 10/23.

Introduction to STEM Project Based Learning
Thursdays, 11/9 and 11/16: 8-9:30PM ET / 7-8:30PM CT / 6-7:30PM MT / 5-6:30PM PT
In project-based learning, students investigate relevant, complex scientific situations to learn new concepts. Learn how to design project-based learning activities in this workshop. Cap: 28. Registration closes 10/30.

Leveraging Open Source Principles and Resources for Teaching and Learning in STEM
Fridays, 11/10 and 11/17: 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of open source educational materials and sample two platforms with hands-on activities. Cap: 50. Registration closes 10/30.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Thursday, 11/30: 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT
Draft a peer-reviewed statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences. Cap: 50. Registration closes 11/20.

Teaching Inclusively
Tuesday, 12/5: 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT
Practice navigating difficult classroom discussions around issues of inclusion and diversity. Cap: 40. Registration closes 11/27.


An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
Runs Monday, October 2 through Friday, November 17
Learn about STEM teaching at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this MOOC developed by CIRTL Network faculty. No cap. Registration: 8/28-10/2.

In-Person Teaching Institute

Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions
Friday, October 6: 9AM – 3PM ET at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA
University of Massachusetts Amherst, a CIRTL member, is hosting a day-long institute that will introduce graduate students and post-docs to faculty careers at teaching-intensive institutions. CIRTL grad students and postdocs are encouraged to apply. Registration will remain open until the institute fills up.

Fall Calendar

10/2: Fall term begins; all workshops open for registration

10/2: Qualitative Research Primer workshop registration closes

10/2: MOOC begins; register by today

10/4: The Status of Women Scientists (drop-in event)

Download our full fall calendar

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Job Postings

Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton (Deadline: 10/15)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Instruction, Neuroscience, Northwestern University (Deadline: 10/15)

Education & Diversity Programs Manager, American Physical Society

Assistant Biology Professor, Heidelberg University (Open until filled)

To view more postings or share a new one, join our Academic Careers & Job Postings online community.

Beyond CIRTL: Related Teaching & Learning Events

Starting 10/2: Planning Your Scientific Journey (Biology MOOC)

10/4: NSF GRFP Workshop: How to Address the Broader Impact in Your Fellowship Application

Due 11/15: Call for Abstracts: NARST 2018 Graduate Student Research Symposium

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