Past CIRTL Workshops

Explore past workshop topics and descriptions for online events that Cornell community members and alumni have access to through the CIRTL Network. We have grouped these past events by overall themes.

The Academic Job Search

Learn how to navigate the academic job market and uncover a wide range of tools and resources available to academics on the job hunt in this two-part online workshop.

  • September 2018

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

Draft a peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this interactive two-part online workshop. Participants will be expected to draft (or revise an existing draft of) a teaching philosophy statement, and provide feedback on a peer’s draft in between sessions. Enrollment limit: 40 participants

  • February 2021, February 2020, March-April 2018, November 2017, December 2016

Writing a Diversity Statement

Learn strategies for highlighting initiatives you have led or participated in that focus on underrepresented students, working towards equity, and/or enhancing diversity, in this two-part workshop.

  • April 2020, February 2019

Writing an Effective Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal

Get a guided introduction to the application process for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program in this unique 3-part workshop that blends recorded lectures with a synchronous online session to bring participants together from all across the country.

  • September 2018

Developing a CV or Resume

Draft and refine your own resume and CV in this two-part online workshop.

  • June-July 2018, June 2017

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

Practice specific ways you can turn your Teaching as Research (TAR) project into an asset in the job hunt in this two-part online workshop designed for students who have completed a TAR project. See also: Teaching as Research Series

  • September-October 2018

Exploring Diversity in Implicit Leadership Theories and Their Role in Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Learn about implicit leadership theories (ILT) in this two-part workshop designed to help grad students and postdocs understand your own perceptions of leadership, and how those perceptions impact how you teach, how you work within departments, how you mentor, and more.

  • July 2021

I Completed My Individual Development Plan… Now What?

Practice navigating the challenging conversations you might have with a mentor or advisor when pursuing your individual development plan.

  • April 2019

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan

Craft a robust IDP draft and action plan by learning the components of successful, sustainable plans in this two-part online workshop.

  • October 2018, November 2017

Developing Work-Life Resilience

Incorporate work-life balance into your professional development with concrete tips.

  • November 2016

Trauma-Responsive Teaching

Learn general principles and practices associated with trauma-responsive teaching in this one-session workshop. Participants will learn what trauma-responsive teaching is, understand how trauma affects learning and classroom behavior, and explore teaching techniques that you can bring back to your own classrooms. Unlimited enrollment.

  • February 2021

Considering the Whole Self in Teaching and Learning: Mental and Physical Wellbeing in the Classroom

It is no secret that stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges are prevalent in higher education. In this two-part workshop, participants will explore the relationships between mental and emotional health, the human body, and learning. Learn how to create learning objectives and design assessments that consider and support the whole student. Enrollment limit: 40 participants

  • March 2021

Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator

Discuss possible solutions to the challenges of bringing anti-racist teaching into a STEM community and classroom in this three-session online workshop. The first session will emphasize the importance of self-reflection and identity. In the second session, participants will discuss and practice ways to address bias and interrupt microaggressions that may occur, as well as ways to implement anti-racist teaching. The final session will focus on the challenges of leading online workshops on these topics. Enrollment limit: 20 participants

  • April 2021

Bring an Inclusive Mindset to Your Teaching

Learn about inclusive teaching approaches that build upon inclusive design frameworks, case studies, and educational research in this one-session workshop. Cap: 40.

  • September 2020, December 2017

From Student to Expert: Breaking Down Disciplinary Tasks in the Classroom

Why are certain tasks harder to teach than others? What makes these tasks easy for us as experts while stumping our students? By applying methods from David Pace’s Decoding the Disciplines, we will work together to break down (or “decode”) such tasks and learn how to model them for our students. Enrollment limit: 20 participants

  • February 2021

Reducing Math Anxiety Among Your Students

Gain a better understanding of the psychological and cognitive basis for math anxiety, and learn instructional strategies to minimize math anxiety for your students in this one-session workshop. Cap: 40.

  • October 2020

How People Learn

Study the seminal work on the process of learning, “How People Learn,” as well as the follow-up book, “How People Learn II,” through this six-week, online, synchronous series.

  • Summer 2019

Understanding and Implementing Metacognition in the Classroom

Dive into “metacognition” – or thinking about one’s own thinking – and how it impacts your students’ learning in this two-part online workshop facilitated by doctoral students from Columbia University.

  • September-October 2018

How to Break Through Students’ Misconceptions of Science

Explore ways to counteract common misconceptions among STEM learners.

  • March 2017

The Unique Challenges of Engaging and Teaching First-Year Students

Learn approaches you can use as a TA or instructor to improve your teaching in first-year classes.

  • February 2017

Getting Ready to Teach in the American Classroom: Building Rapport and Effective Communication Skills

Develop and practice your own strategies for effective communication with students in this case-study-based online workshop.

  • February 2019, October 2018, February 2018

Getting Ready to Teach in the American Classroom: Cross-Cultural Analysis

Learn how to work with undergraduate students in this workshop designed for international teaching assistants.

  • January 2018

5 Things To Do on the First and Last Day of Class

  • October-November 2017

Integrating Effective Teaching and Assessment Practices in Biology Lab Courses through Case Studies

Prepare lesson plans for biology labs that pull from case studies and promote active learning in this three-part workshop.

  • February 2019

Introduction to STEM Project Based Learning

In project-based learning, students investigate relevant, complex scientific situations to learn new concepts. Learn how to design project-based learning activities in this workshop.

  • November 2017

Integrating Civic Learning into the STEM Classroom

Civic learning intentionally prepares students for informed and engaged participation in their communities. Learn how to develop civic learning assignments and learning goals in this workshop.

  • November 2017

Teaching with Technology

Become familiar with a variety of digital tools designed to enhance student learning in this one-part online workshop.

  • February 2019

Leveraging Open Source Principles and Resources for Teaching and Learning in STEM

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of open source educational materials and sample two platforms with hands-on activities.

  • November 2017

Level Up: Designing a Game-Based Learning Environment

  • June 2017

Creating Video Snip Modules for Active Teaching and Learning

Develop basic skills for editing videos down to easily digestible clips for class lectures.

  • February 2017

Universal Design for Learning: Reaching and Teaching Diverse Learners

Learn how Universal Design can strengthen your instruction for all students.

  • November 2016

Developing Equity-Minded Mentors among Faculty and Researchers

Explore and discuss what mentoring is, and review and apply several tools that enable an individual to employ an equity-minded approach to mentoring.

  • February 2020

Faculty Advising in a Community College Setting

Learn how to advise effectively, and explore the different advising roles faculty play depending on institutional type.

  • April 2019

Creating Effective Learning Communities

Understand what makes for a successful learning community and develop strategies you can apply to your own communities in this two-part online workshop.

  • October 2018

Managing Difficult Conversations Through the Lens of Social Identity

Learn various strategies to foster inclusive teaching and research environments.

  • April 2017

Science Communication for Any Audience

Explore key concepts and strategies in written and oral science communication in this three-part workshop.

  • March-April 2019

Finding and Evaluating Educational Literature

Learn how to find and critically evaluate literature for educational research.

  • October 2017

Qualitative Research Primer: Using Narrative Data in Your Teaching as Research Project

Get an introduction to analyzing narrative data (intended especially for students pursuing a TAR project).

  • October 2017


See Also:

Current CIRTL Network Workshops