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 Lisa Berry (lberry 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 Goutam Sarker (gsarker dot uta dot edu).

[cirtl-announce] Share Your Teaching-as-Research Work with CIRTL!

[cirtl-announce] Share Your Teaching-as-Research Work with CIRTL!

By on October 15, 2018

The CIRTL Network Every semester CIRTL showcases Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects by hosting Network-wide online presentation sessions where students can share their finished work. Read below for instructions on how to sign up to present at our fall presentation session, or how to register to attend. In need of an IDP? Sign up by this Friday […]

[cirtl-announce] This Week: Identifying Implicit Bias in STEM

[cirtl-announce] This Week: Identifying Implicit Bias in STEM

By on October 8, 2018

The CIRTL Network This morning our drop-in, online event series continues with a discussion on how to identify implicit bias in ourselves and others. Throughout the week, registration is open for three workshops happening later this fall: on learning communities, on developing an IDP, and on developing your leadership style. Questions about our programming? Contact […]

[cirtl-announce] This Week at CIRTL: Implicit Bias, Evidence-Based MOOC, IDP Workshop

[cirtl-announce] This Week at CIRTL: Implicit Bias, Evidence-Based MOOC, IDP Workshop

By on October 1, 2018

The CIRTL Network CIRTL’s fall term begins this week! This morning we’re hosting a drop-in, online event on bias in STEM, this week our MOOC , on evidence-based STEM teaching begins (it’s not too late to sign up or to host an MCLC!), and this Friday early bird registration closes for our upcoming online workshop […]

CIRTL-UTA Fall 2018 LC Meeting Schedule

CIRTL-UTA Fall 2018 LC Meeting Schedule

By on September 27, 2018

CIRTL @ UTA Fall 2018 Learning Community Meetings CIRTL-UTA is hosting four Learning Community meeting events this semester. All of the meeting events are open for graduate students. Details of the meetings is below: Learning Community: Common Misconceptions in Undergraduate Mathematics Classrooms Community Leader: Omomayowa Olawoyin, Ph.D. Student,  Mathematics Meeting Place: PKH 485 Meeting Time: 10-11 […]