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Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)


CIRTL (the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

It aims to achieve this by:

  • Establishing interdisciplinary learning communities at every network university, each founded on the CIRTL core ideas and each effectively preparing graduates-through-faculty to use and improve best practices in STEM teaching and learning with attention to diverse student audiences
  • Establishing a cross-network learning community by which graduates-through-faculty across the network are better prepared for teaching as a consequence of the diversity of the universities
  • Fostering transitions from the network learning communities into faculty positions that sustain the concepts, practices, and attitudes developed while graduate students or postdocs
  • Enhancing graduate education in teaching and learning at universities beyond the CIRTL network


Spring courses, workshops and drops ins are now available for registration. Click here to go to the CIRTL website, log in to your account (or sign up for one), and you will find the registration details. Also, please drop Jenny Hadingham ( a line if you do attend (we need the information for reporting purposes!)

Spring courses:

  • Diversity in the Classroom;
  • The College Classroom;
  • Research Mentor Training;
  • Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics;
  • CIRTL Reads Journal Club.

Spring workshops:

  • Engaging all students through developmental faculty advising;
  • Getting ready to teach in the American classroom: building rapport and effective communication skills;
  • Getting ready to teach in the American classroom: Cross-cultural analysis;
  • I completed my IDP ... Now what?
  • Integrating effective teaching and assessment practices in Biology lab courses through case studies;
  • Science communication for any audience;
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy statement

Online Drop-In events

  • Digging deeper: a focus on research using qualitative design;
  • Exploring a teaching career at a community college;
  • Exploring inclusive teaching in STEM disciplines: conversations among faculty, future faculty, and students;
  • Productive mentorship: bringing out the best in your students;
  • Topics in STEMinism: strategies for inclusive undergraduate STEM education.

MOOC - Spring 2018

Advanced evidence-based undergraduate STEM teaching

Spring 2018 Teaching Institute

Spring 2018 Community of Practice

Equity in STEM for all genders

University of Rochester CIRTL Leadership Committee 

Wendi Heinzelman, Professor, ECE and Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, AS&E (ex officio)

Melissa Sturge-Apple, Dean of Graduate Studies, AS&E

Vicki Roth, Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Nicholas Hammond, Assistant Director, Workshop Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Jenny Hadingham, Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Cheeptip Benyajati, Associate Professor, Biology

Robin Frye, Assistant Director, Study Skills and Workshop Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Cecilia Barone, Assistant Director and Academic Coordinator, Workshop Programs, CETL

Kyle Trenshaw, Educational Development Specialist for Natural Sciences & Engineering, CETL

Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach, Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs, SMD

Dina G. Markowitz, Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine