CIRTL Teaching as Research Series

Denise Pope, CIRTL Central, presents at the Teaching as Research Conference 2017

CIRTL Network Teaching as Research programming brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from across nearly 40 CIRTL research universities through live web conferencing to discuss design and methodology for classroom research projects, share useful resources, present preliminary results, and get constructive advice. Archived recordings will be available. Contact futurefaculty@cornell.edu with questions or to borrow equipment such as webcams and microphones.

Upcoming Events

The CIRTL Network will offer a revised six-week version of the popular online course, Planning Your Teaching-as-Research Project in Summer 2021. Register now, as the course is filling fast.


Recent Past Events

How Completing a Teaching as Research Project Impacted My Career: Reflections from CIRTL Alumni

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET – Register to attend
  • Session description: Are you thinking about taking on a Teaching as Research (TAR) project? Join us to hear from a panel of CIRTL Network alumni who will share their experience doing a TAR project – not the research they conducted, but what they learned from the process and how they leveraged their TAR project in their career. Alumni from University of Iowa, Michigan State University, University of California-Irvine, University of North Carolina, and Texas A&M University will reflect on the ups and downs of the TAR process, discuss how the experience impacted their career and instructional approach, and answer questions from the audience. This event is intended to be interactive, with most of the time devoted to panelists answering questions, so please come to the event prepared to ask questions!
  • Recording: This event will be recorded and CIRTL may share that recording on our public YouTube channel.

CIRTL Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Spring 2021)

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 3:00-4:30 pm ET – Register to attend
  • Session description: Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL Network universities will be presenting their Teaching as Research projects and preliminary data and are looking for feedback from you! Everyone is encouraged to attend the session – whether you are brand new to the topic or an experienced researcher who has published in education journals. A call for presenters will be available soon, and Cornell Graduate Students and Postdocs who have gathered and/or analyzed data on their TAR projects in the past year are welcome to sign up.

How Completing a Teaching as Research Project Impacted My Career: Reflections from CIRTL Alumni

  • Monday, November 16, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET
  • Session description: Are you thinking about taking on a Teaching as Research (TAR) project? Join us to hear from a panel of CIRTL Network alumni who will share their experience doing a TAR project – not the research they conducted, but what they learned from the process and how they leveraged their TAR project in their career. Alumni from University of Iowa, Michigan State University, University of California-Irvine, University of North Carolina, and Texas A&M University will reflect on the ups and downs of the TAR process, discuss how the experience impacted their career and instructional approach, and answer questions from the audience. This event is intended to be interactive, with most of the time devoted to panelists answering questions, so please come to the event prepared to ask questions!
  • Recording: This event will be recorded and CIRTL may share that recording on our public YouTube channel.

Introducing Teaching as Research: A Systematic Approach to Improving Your Teaching

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Session description: Hear Teaching as Research (TAR) program leaders from around the North American CIRTL Network describe Teaching as Research, a mentored experience that applies the process of inquiry to teaching and learning. By translating skills that you already have as researchers, you can investigate, reflect on, and improve your teaching. Leaders will describe TAR programs at their own institutions, and issues such as developing a strong project, finding the right question, doing TAR during COVID, and the professional benefits of doing a TAR project. Come to this informative introductory session and find out if a TAR project is right for you. Register in advance to receive the online meeting connection information (requires a free CIRTL Network account signup).

CIRTL Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Spring 2020)

  • Thursday, April 2, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 pm ET
  • Session description: Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL Network universities will be presenting their Teaching as Research projects and preliminary data and are looking for feedback from you! Everyone is encouraged to attend the session – whether you are brand new to the topic or an experienced researcher who has published in education journals. Cornell’s Arielle Johnson, Eugene Law, and Christine Georgakakos presented.

CIRTL Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Spring 2019)

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 pm ET
  • Group viewing available: 341 Caldwell Hall
  • Session description: Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL Network universities will be presenting their Teaching as Research projects and preliminary data and are looking for feedback from you! Everyone is encouraged to attend the session – whether you are brand new to the topic or an experienced researcher who has published in education journals. Cornell’s Andrew St. James will be presenting.

CIRTL Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Fall 2018)

    • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 5:00-6:30 pm ET
  • Session description: Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL Network universities will be presenting their Teaching as Research projects and preliminary data and are looking for feedback from you! There will be 12 presenters from 8 CIRTL institutions in 2 simultaneous sessions. Cornell’s Kathleen Hefferon will be presenting in session 2.

Getting the Job: How to Frame and Sell Your Teaching as Research Experience in Your Job Search

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm ET and Friday, October 5, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Session description: This is not about how you present the results of your project, but rather how you communicate what you learned from the process and how you can apply what you learned if you get the job. You will think about how to describe the skills you developed in your TAR project in a way that is applicable to many types of positions.
  • A two-part workshop requiring pre-registration and capped at 30 participants.

Next Steps: Leveraging Your TAR Project for Future Funding Opportunities

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Join Next Steps online
  • Session description: Learn how to use your Teaching-as-Research project to strengthen grant proposals in this drop-in event.

May 2018 Series: Digging Deeper: A Focus on Research Using Qualitative Design

Why Do A Qualitative Study?

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Join Digging Deeper online
  • Session description: Explore the fundamental differences between qualitative orientations and more common research designs in STEM. Learn about the theoretical foundations behind qualitative research, and come away with a greater understanding for how and why qualitative research looks and feels different.

Flexible Design and the Rigor Needed for Qualitative Research

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Join Flexible Design and the Rigor Needed for Qualitative Research online
  • Session description: Learn why qualitative research is called “flexible” design, why flexibility is needed in qualitative research, and what research rigor looks like in a qualitative context. Understand what it takes to design a qualitative inquiry question and a qualitative research project, and learn the difference between research rigor in quantitative versus qualitative designs.

Becoming Sherlock: How To Master the Art of Observational Data

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Join Becoming Sherlock online
  • Session description: Dig into the tool that is at the heart of qualitative research: the observation. Building off of our previous discussion of research rigor, we will discuss how observational data can add a richness to your research, and participants will learn the basics of observational data collection. Participants will take part in a brief observation exercise and practice the art of taking field notes.

All-Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Spring 2018)

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Join All-Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Spring 2018) online
  • Session description: Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL Network universities will be presenting their Teaching as Research projects and preliminary data and are looking for feedback from you! Everyone is encouraged to attend the session – whether you are brand new to the topic or an experienced researcher who has published in education journals. Lucy Xiaolu Wang will present from Cornell University.
  • List of presenters

What to Expect from My Teaching as Research Project? A Panel Discussion

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Join What to Expect from My Teaching as Research Project online
  • Session description: Hear from a panel of CIRTL alumni who will share their experience doing a Teaching as Research project: what they learned from the process and how they use what they learned in their current roles as postdocs and faculty.
  • Panelists: Kate Hayden, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Birmingham-Southern College; Jesse McClure, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Broad Institute; Laura Slane, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Trine University

All-Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Fall 2017)

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Join All-Network Teaching as Research Presentations (Fall 2017) online
  • Session description: 12 Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL universities will be presenting their Teaching as Research projects and preliminary data and are looking for feedback from you! Everyone is encouraged to join the session – whether you are brand new to the topic or an experienced researcher who has published in education journals. Christine Georgakakos from Cornell University will be the first presenter of the day.