CU-CIRTL Mission


CU-CIRTL is part of the national CIRTL Network (NSF DUE #: 1231286)

The mission of Cornell University’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CU-CIRTL) is to prepare graduate students and postdocs - broadly speaking - for the future professoriate, with a focus on three areas: evidence-based practice of teaching in higher education, inclusive teaching and learning, and effective mentoring for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

In collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence, we provide in-person seminars and workshops and support learning communities at Cornell for graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty. We also offer unique opportunities for networking and collaboration with faculty and students from across the 42 CIRTL Network institutions through workshops and seminars. CU-CIRTL, sponsored through the Graduate School, supports the university’s strategic initiative to create a culture in support of teaching across campus.


CU-CIRTL programs serve graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and interested faculty and staff.

Core Ideas

CIRTL programs are based on three core ideas: Teaching as Research, Learning Community, and Learning through Diversity.

CIRTL Network

The North America-wide Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative committed to advancing the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social, behavioral, and economic disciplines in higher education. As a member of the CIRTL Network, Cornell University participates in a group of 42 research universities that collaboratively offer programs preparing graduate students and postdocs to excel in academic STEM careers. The network 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.

Learn more about the national CIRTL Network