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Cornell University

CIRTL at Cornell


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

In collaboration with the Center for Teaching Innovation, 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 other CIRTL Network institutions through workshops and seminars. CIRTL at Cornell, sponsored through the Graduate School, supports the university’s strategic initiative to create a culture in support of teaching across campus.


CIRTL at Cornell programs serve graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and interested faculty and staff in all disciplines.

Core Ideas

CIRTL programs are based on three core ideas: Teaching as Research, Learning Community, and Learning through Diversity. Additional emphases include effective mentorship and professional and career development.

The CIRTL Network

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) 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. As a member of the CIRTL Network, Cornell University participates in a group of nearly 40 North American research universities collaboratively offering programs that prepare graduate students and postdocs to excel in academic careers. Since 2003, the National Science Foundation has funded numerous CIRTL Network initiatives aimed at advancing the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social, behavioral, and economic disciplines in higher education. 

Learn more about the CIRTL Network