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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


Teaching-As-Research Fellowship Application are due on December 1, 2017

For the fifth year, the University will be offering a CIRTL@UR Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Fellows program for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM fields who would like to explore a specific aspect of teaching through a research-based project. CIRTL@UR TAR Fellows will spend the Spring 2018 semester learning about teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity and developing their projects. During the Fall 2018 semester, they will implement the project and analyze the results.  The positions come with a $1,000 stipend for the year. More information about the program and a link to the application can be found here. You can also contact Jenny Hadingham for further information.

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