CU joins national center to improve college STEM teaching

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October 6, 2011

As a result of a competitive application process, Cornell has accepted the invitation to join the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network, an elite national organization that aims to produce better university teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The objective of the center, which has 25 institutional members, is to provide doctoral students with better tools to teach in STEM fields. Each participating university will build a program on its campus, and the network of schools will share teaching methods, success stories and key techniques to better prepare those graduate students with the skills needed to be successful teachers in the classroom.

Participation in the CIRTL Network will enable Cornell to focus its efforts on the university’s strategic goals — specifically, a strong and comprehensive graduate and postdoctoral education program, a commitment to excellence in teaching and a focus on public service, said Barbara Knuth, vice provost and dean of the Cornell Graduate School.

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