What is CIRTL?

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) 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 national CIRTL Network, Cornell is part of a group of nearly 40 research universities who collaborate to offer future faculty preparation.

CIRTL at Cornell programs prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for academic careers through emphasis on three key areas:

  1. evidence-based practice of teaching (Teaching as Research), which includes planning how to assess learning outcomes
  2. inclusive teaching and learning (Learning through Diversity)
  3. effective mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs

Although some national CIRTL Network programs focus on natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and are funded by the National Science Foundation, CIRTL at Cornell serves graduate students and postdocs in all fields, as part of the Cornell University Graduate School’s commitment to professional development.

How is CIRTL organized?

Cornell joined the CIRTL Network in 2012. CIRTL at Cornell is housed in the Graduate School, where Dean Barbara Knuth chairs the steering committee, and Executive Director Colleen McLinn oversees day-to-day operations. Please see our Leadership page for more about our advisory board and other staff. For more information on the CIRTL Network, visit the national CIRTL website and view the list of participating institutions.

How does one join the advisory board?

Learn more about the advisory board’s duties and time commitments on the advisory board page, and then contact Executive Director Dr. Colleen McLinn.

What kinds of programs does CIRTL at Cornell offer?

CIRTL at Cornell provides both in-person and online professional development and networking opportunities for future faculty. On campus, CIRTL hosts courses, programs and institutes and also coordinates participation in online opportunities. Topics include creating inclusive teaching and research environments, improving and documenting teaching and mentorship skills, and strategies and application for an academic job search.

Who can participate in these programs?

CIRTL at Cornell programs are open to all members of the Cornell community, but the focus audience is doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars.

Can participants visit other CIRTL schools?

As part of the CIRTL Network, CIRTL participants are encouraged to participate in cross-network programming including the CIRTL Network Exchange Program and the CIRTL Network Teaching Institutes. Both programs provide the opportunity to travel to another university in the CIRTL Network for networking and professional development.

How does CIRTL at Cornell differ from the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI)?

Although CIRTL at Cornell and CTI both offer teaching-related programming, the targeted audiences differ, leading to a difference in programming. CTI offers programming for teaching assistants, postdoctoral fellows, lecturers, professors, and anyone else involved in teaching undergraduate coursework at Cornell. CIRTL at Cornell specializes in programming primarily designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars preparing for faculty and academic careers.

Where can I learn more about CIRTL at Cornell resources and events?

For more information about resources and events, visit the events calendar and the programs page.

I would like to promote CIRTL at Cornell to my department/graduate student group. Where can I find outreach materials?

More information on outreach materials can be found on the outreach page.