Executive Director

Dr. Colleen McLinnDr. Colleen McLinn

Email: colleen.mclinn@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-2030
Address: 325 Caldwell Hall

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Colleen McLinn directs Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL at Cornell) programs, a Cornell University Graduate School initiative involving collaboration with the Center for Teaching Innovation and other units serving graduate students and postdocs. As Executive Director for CIRTL programs at Cornell, she prepares graduate students and postdocs for successful academic careers through development of teaching, research mentorship and other key skills. She coordinates Cornell’s participation in the CIRTL Network, a group of 40 research universities collaboratively offering workshops and courses on academic career preparation topics and three important themes for higher education: teaching as research, learning communities, and learning through diversity.

Colleen’s interests include helping graduate students and postdocs gain experience with strategies for innovative and evidence-based teaching and mentoring, and contributing to projects that diversify the professoriate. She serves on and currently chairs the Cross-Network Operations Group, which is responsible for all CIRTL Network programming aimed at graduate students and postdocs. She teaches classes and workshops for the CIRTL Network and Cornell University audiences, including ALS 6014: Theater Techniques for Advancing Teaching and Public Speaking. She is also a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate grant project (Award No. 1647094). Dr. McLinn received a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from University of Minnesota and previously served as an extension associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where she developed online and print curriculum materials and played a leadership role in grant-funded science education efforts.