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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

University of Rochester CIRTL Leadership Committee 

Nick Vamivakas, Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, AS&E

Rachel Remmel, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, AS&E

Eric Vaughn, Director of Career Services, Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, SMD