CIRTL Network Events

Scott Wehrwein talks to a remote presenter in 2018.

These drop-in online events for graduate students and postdocs are led by faculty and staff from approximately 40 CIRTL Network universities. Archived recordings may be available later via the CIRTL Network YouTube channel. Contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu with questions or to borrow equipment such as webcams and microphones.

Full list of upcoming CIRTL online events

Current Series

Events have live, real-time online sessions; event series include a handful of events that revolve around a unifying theme in teaching and learning. Participants can attend as many or as few events as they like in a given series. Events have no attendance cap, but participants are still required to register to get access to the Zoom meetings for sessions they wish to attend.

Fall 2021

Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College

Learn about teaching at community colleges straight from current staff & faculty! In this three-part series, we’ll hear faculty & staff reflect on the joys and challenges of teaching at a community college, the broad diversity of students in their courses and how that diversity enhances learning, and the ins and outs of finding a full-time teaching position at a community college. The panelists will take questions from future faculty throughout the presentations. This series is organized through the NSF INCLUDES Alliance Aspire: National Alliance for an Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, as part of the Regional Collaborative initiatives.

Dates: October 5, November 2, December 7, 2021

Fostering Antiracist Student Learning Experiences

Explore frameworks to unpack systemic racism, hear from faculty and grad students who have fostered their own sustainable antiracist teaching practices, and reflect on your own ability to build an equitable learning environment in this four-part series. In the first session, graduate students will set the stage with a discussion on how race and identity have impacted their experiences and interests in higher ed. In sessions two and three, speakers will lead interactive presentations and participants will engage in whole-group discussions to brainstorm strategies and approaches to antiracist practices. In the our final session, a faculty panel will discuss their own equitable and antiracist teaching practices, encouraging participants to reflect on how they can best engage in antiracist work. By the end of this series, participants will have a holistic understanding of individual, course, programmatic, and institutional level approaches and practices to develop antiracist student learning experiences. This series is intended for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in all disciplines, levels, and roles within and beyond STEM.

Dates: September 21 and 28, October 4 and 11


Past Series

CIRTL Network Alumni Event Series

Summer 2021

Join us for a summer event series exploring the different kinds of careers that CIRTL alumni pursue, how their experience in CIRTL impacted their interest in different career paths, and how that experience has shaped their professional work.


Engaging Students through High-Impact Practices

Mondays, October 5, 12, 19 and November 2, 2020

Learn the defining features of high-impact practices (like service learning, research, internships, etc.) and understand how these experiences can foster opportunities for student reflection and instructor assessment.


Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College

Thursdays, January 30, February 27, and March 19, 2020

Thursdays, January 31, February 28, and April 11, 2019

January 29, February 8, and 26, 2018

Hear community college faculty from around the country discuss their experiences in these institutions in this three-part series.


Addressing Implicit Bias in STEM

Mondays, October 1, 8, 22, and 29, 2018

Explore how an evidence-based approach to implicit bias can promote greater equity and inclusion within STEM teaching and learning in this four-part, weekly online event series.


Productive Mentorship: Bringing Out the Best in Your Students

Part 1: March 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2018

Part 2: June 21 and 28, 2018

Learn how research mentoring differs for graduate and undergraduate students, and how issues of equity and inclusion impact these important relationships. Part two of the series on productive mentorship included two events: a panel discussion on mental health and the mentor-mentee relationship, and a constructive debate on how mentoring has changed from over the past generations.


Next Steps: Leveraging Your TAR Project for Future Funding Opportunities

July 18, 2018

Learn how to use your Teaching-as-Research project to strengthen grant proposals in this drop-in event.


Digging Deeper: A Focus on Research using Qualitative Design

Thursdays, May 3, 10, and 17

Get an introduction to qualitative research: what it is, and how to do it.


Exploring Inclusive Teaching within STEM Disciplines: Conversations Among Faculty, Future Faculty, and Students

April 12, 19, 26 and May 2, 2018

Examine how inclusive teaching and issues of diversity differ across STEM disciplines in this four-part series.


Topics in STEMinism: Strategies for Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Education and Women Preparing for Post-PhD Careers in STEM

February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2018

October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2017

Explore the ways social and cultural contexts shape the unique experiences of women pursuing undergraduate STEM degrees. The Graduate School’s CIRTL at Cornell program partnered with Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS Ithaca Chapter) to host local coffee and webinar viewing discussions of the October 2017 Topics in STEMinism series.