CIRTL Network

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network seeks to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners. The overarching goal of CIRTL is to increase the STEM learning of all undergraduate students, and thereby to increase the number and diversity of those working in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

The CIRTL Network, a collaborative network of 22 research universities, is advancing the nation’s preparation of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in teaching and learning. Since its beginning in 2003, CIRTL has developed, implemented, and evaluated strategies for preparing future faculty for careers that integrate research, teaching, and learning based on three core ideas:

•  Teaching-as-Research (TAR) is the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods by STEM instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of all students; 

•  Learning Communities (LC) bring together groups of people for shared learning, discovery, and generation of knowledge. To achieve common learning goals, a learning community nurtures functional relationships among its members;

•  Learning-through-Diversity (LtD) capitalizes on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds and skills among STEM undergraduates and graduates-through-faculty[1] to enhance the learning of all. It recognizes that excellence and diversity are necessarily intertwined.

Local CIRTL learning communities at each university are the foundation, with programming and connections that enable members to explore innovative and effective teaching practices. The cross-Network learning community also enables all Network future faculty to learn in the context of a diverse network that includes institutions of varying size, history, culture and mission. . Finally, the leaders and implementers of the campus learning communities are themselves a Network learning community sharing resources, experiences, and ideas with each other and the nation.

The CIRTL Network is administered from its home base in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

CIRTL Network Institutions

Boston University
Cornell University
Howard University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Michigan State University
Northwestern University
Texas A&M University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis




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