Benefits of CIRTL Participation

CU-CIRTL is committed to the development of learning communities within the students and faculty of Cornell and beyond. Graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff are welcome to join our learning communities by participating in our ongoing programs, signing up for our listserv or by following the National CIRTL Network conversations on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Locally, we have also created the Future Faculty Forum blog and @CUFutureFaculty Twitter account as a place to share questions and resources.
Learning Communities are a core idea within the CIRTL Network and our aim is to create strong and vibrant learning around STEM teaching at Cornell. We have outlined below some of the benefits to participating with CU-CIRTL's community of learners.


Benefits to Cornell graduate students and postdocs

  • High-quality courses and workshops on topics in STEM teaching
  • Flexible professional development opportunities through a variety of in-person and online formats
  • Ability to earn certification at different levels of commitment
  • Mentoring from national experts in areas such as universal design for learning and STEM education research
  • Diverse role models for faculty and other academic career paths
  • Networking opportunities with faculty & students at 22 schools
  • A support network for designing teaching as research projects
  • Chance to present research to a wider audience for feedback
  • Funded travel opportunities to give research or teaching talks and attend STEM education meetings

Benefits to Cornell faculty and administrators

  • Selling point for recruiting new graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars to Cornell
  • Ability to pursue ambitious grant opportunities with a strong network of collaborating institutions
  • Support for mentoring or individual development plans when applying for training grants and career awards
  • Resource for answering student and postdoc questions about the job search and academic careers
  • Enhanced broader impacts of grant activities through route to disseminate Cornell  innovations to 22 schools
  • Training manuals for graduate seminars with syllabi, case studies, and discussion questions
  • Supports fields with graduate learning outcomes relating to teaching
  • Supports Cornell University strategic initiatives to create a culture in support of teaching across campus and to develop stronger connections across the colleges
  • Sharing of best practices for future faculty preparation across 22 research universities
  • Student research on teaching will provide new innovations benefitting faculty and students
  • Opportunities to participate in and present at conferences on teaching at research universities
  • Cornell is at the forefront of the national conversations shaping STEM higher education
If you would like to share the CU-CIRTL mission and programming, please see our page of Outreach Materials to access ready-to-print flyers and presentations.