Introduction to CIRTL

Mission

Forty-six 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 lberry@uta.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 christopher.abrego@mavs.uta.edu.

CIRTL Overview Slide Show

Check out the following slide show to get a better idea of what CIRTL is, how it helps and how you can participate:
2nd MOOC Event Session Today

2nd MOOC Event Session Today

By on June 20, 2017

  Reminder: CIRTL UTA MOOC EventThis is a reminder that today we will be the second MOOC session regarding “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching“. If you are interested in attending, http://stemteachingcourse.org/, do not hesitate to contact Mayowa Olawoyin (omomayowa dot olawoyin at mavs dot uta dot edu) for more information. The event will […]

MOOC Event Today!

MOOC Event Today!

By on June 13, 2017

  Reminder: CIRTL UTA MOOC EventThis is a reminder that today we will be hosting a MOOC here on campus regarding “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching“. If you are interested in attending, http://stemteachingcourse.org/, do not hesitate to contact Mayowa Olawoyin (omomayowa dot olawoyin at mavs dot uta dot edu) for more information. The […]

CIRTL UTA Workshop

CIRTL UTA Workshop

By on June 7, 2017

Workshop Today Ph.D. candidate Racquel Douglas will be hosting a workshop event toady as part of our professional development series. The event today will be strictly online. If you are interested, click the following link around noon today: Topic: CIRTL Workshop 4 – Assessments & Evaluations & Workshop 5 – Your Teaching Legacy Time: Jun […]

Weekly Update

Weekly Update

By on June 1, 2017

CIRTL Network Registration is open for our first workshop of the summer, on developing CVs and resumes. Interested participants have until June 14 to sign up, and the two-part workshop takes place June 22 and 29. Registration for our introductory MOOC on evidence-based STEM teaching is open too, and there’s still time for CIRTL member […]

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