CIRTL’s Summer Teaching & Learning Programming

By on June 1, 2021

Looking ahead to the summer? So are we! We’ll be running four short courses, a MOOC, three teaching institutes, and a drop-in event series. Why learn with CIRTL? Taking our online programming can help you:

  • Learn inclusive, evidence-based STEM teaching techniques – for free
  • Hone your teaching skills with faculty and staff from top-tier universities
  • Leverage the CIRTL reputation in job applications
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online learning
  • Find a community of like-minded peers

Programming will be scheduled throughout April, and registration will open by early May. Both will be announced in newsletters and on our website.

Beyond CIRTL, colleagues in the Aspire Alliance are running a workshop this Friday on equity and allyship, and colleagues in the Postdoc Academy launch their 6-week MOOC on postdoc professional development next Monday.

Questions about our program? Contact us at

Summer CIRTL Network Programming

CIRTL runs online courses, workshops, events, and more to teach STEM grad students and postdocs effective, inclusive, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning.

Online Courses
Courses have live, real-time online sessions and require regular homework outside of those class meetings. Short courses typically meet weekly for one to two months, while full courses typically meet for two to three months. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

First Year Faculty Teaching Academy
Learn teaching and learning fundamentals in this abbreviated 2-week course (typically 6 weeks) designed for future and early career faculty. Cap: 50.

Planning Your Teaching-as-Research Project
Jumpstart your plans for a Teaching-as-Research project in this 6-week course designed to guide participants through developing a research question, identifying project methods and outcomes, and more. Cap: TBD.

Research Mentor Training
Develop your mentoring skills and knowledge in this intensive 5-week seminar designed for graduate students with mentoring experience. Cap: 20.

Transforming Your Research Into Teaching
Learn how to build a course out of your research specialty in this 7-week course that guides grad students and postdocs through the fundamentals of course design. Cap: 20.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


CIRTL MOOCs take place on the EdX platform and use video-based modules, discussion boards, and peer-reviewed assignments to teach participants about different aspects of evidence-based STEM teaching over the course of 8 weeks. Registration is required; there is no cost to participate and no enrollment cap. For more information, visit the CIRTL MOOC website.

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

Learn about STEM teaching at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this 8-week MOOC developed by CIRTL Network faculty. No cap.

Teaching Institutes


Teaching institutes are multi-day, intensive sessions aimed at improving grad students’ and postdocs’ STEM teaching skills. Institutes can last several days or an entire week and can take place in person or online; the universities that host these institutes reserve a select number of seats specifically for participants from across the CIRTL Network. All institutes will take place online due to COVID-19. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

2021 Online Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Get a thorough introduction to CIRTL’s approach to STEM education and work with disciplinary peers to develop a microteaching project in this week-long online institute. Cap: 36.

CIRTL Summer Teaching Institute at University of British Columbia

This two-week institute consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to STEM graduate students and scholars new to teaching. Due to COVID-19 this institute will take place online. Cap: 25.

The Johns Hopkins Teaching Institute

Learn common themes and challenges of teaching in higher ed during this 4-day institute. Due to COVID-19 this institute will take place online. Cap: 20.



Events have live, real-time online sessions; event series include a handful of events that revolve around a unifying theme in STEM teaching and learning. Events run on a drop-in basis and do not require advance registration. Participants can attend as many or as few events as they like in a given series.

CIRTL Network Alumni Event Series

Join us for a summer event series exploring the different kinds of careers that CIRTL alumni pursue, how their experience in CIRTL impacted their interest in different career paths, and how that experience has shaped their professional work. No cap.

Beyond CIRTL

Looking for additional professional development opportunities to build evidence-based and inclusive teaching skills? Consider these opportunities beyond The CIRTL Network.

Disrupting Oppressive Systems through Ally Development and Commitment

Friday, April 23
2-3:30PM AT / 1-2:30PM ET / 12-1:30pm CT / 11AM-12:30PM MT / 10-11:30AM PT

Join the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance for an online workshop to explore how implicit bias functions in academia, using organizational psychology and diversity science as frameworks. This session will walk through how “colorblindness” and microaggressions impact colleagues of color, and will prompt reflection on how colleagues in dominant social groups can disrupt these systematized oppressions through allyship.


The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc

6-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting April 26

Join the Postdoc Academy for a flexible 6-week course that guides postdocs through building foundational professional development skills around career planning, resilience, and more. With nearly 5,000 participants in the prior course offerings, the Postdoc Academy invites you to connect with postdocs from around the world!


Academic Careers & Job Postings

Higher education job openings in the US and Canada focused on STEM education.

Global Cyber Security Institute Associate/Full Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology (Deadline: Open until filled)

College of Engineering Technology Graphic Media Science & Technology Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology (Deadline: Open until filled)

Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology Academic Coordinator, University of California Riverside (Deadline: 6/30)

View more postings

About The CIRTL Network

We are a network of 38 universities in the US and Canada committed to advancing inclusive, evidence-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. For more information about the CIRTL Network, visit us on the web at

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning
1025 W. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: 608.263.0630, Fax: 608.265.0538

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