CIRTL Network

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The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network, established in 2003, now encompasses more than 45 public and private research universities and minority-serving institutions in the United States and Canada. Cornell University has been a member institution of the CIRTL Network since 2012, which means our graduate students and postdocs can participate in Cross-Network programming at no cost, and benefit from expertise at other institutions as they network with potential collaborators or institutions they might like to work at eventually.

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. CIRTL Network universities collectively produce one-third of all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Ph.D.s awarded in the United States. Other foundations have also supported the development of the CIRTL Network and specific initiatives and helped broaden its relevance to other disciplines and beyond the United States.

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CIRTL Mission

The CIRTL Network’s 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 CIRTL Network member institution, Cornell University participates in a group of 45 North American research universities collaboratively offering programs that prepare graduate students and postdocs to excel in academic careers.

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About Cornell Participation

Cornell participates in the CIRTL Network through programming housed in the Graduate School in partnership with the Center for Teaching Innovation.

CIRTL Institutional Lead for Cornell: Dr. Kathryn Boor, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

Administrative Co-Leads: Dr. Colleen McLinn, Associate Dean for Professional Development, Cornell Graduate School, and Dr. Derina Samuel, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Innovation.

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