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About CIRTL

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What is CIRTL?

Cornell University's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL at Cornell) advances higher education by preparing a national faculty capable of integrating superb research with excellence in teaching. As a member of the national CIRTL Network, Cornell University is one of 40 research universities collaborating to provide high-quality professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

CIRTL @ Cornell Mission:

Cornell University’s CIRTL programs prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for a wide range of academic careers, with emphasis in several areas:

  1. Evidence-based practice of teaching (teaching as research), including assessing student learning
  2. Inclusive classrooms and lab groups (learning through diversity)
  3. Effective mentoring of undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

Learning communities of graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff meet to share best practices in teaching, research mentoring, career development, and broadening participation in higher education.

All graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome to participate in our local programming. Some national CIRTL Network programming is targeted at STEM fields (including social, behavioral, and economic sciences and those studying STEM education). Signature events include:

  • academic job search programming
  • local workshops on teaching and research mentoring
  • in-person and online graduate courses
  • online workshops
  • visiting speakers and symposia
  • funding and conference travel opportunities
  • CIRTL's Network Exchange Program

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