To advance undergraduate education, CIRTL at Northwestern provides professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in STEM and SBE (social, behavioral, economic) disciplines.
The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) is a network of universities working together to enhance undergraduate education through the development of future faculty.
CIRTL at Northwestern is designed to build a community of practitioners within and across disciplines – both locally and nationally – to improve undergraduate student learning in the STEM and SBE disciplines.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to participate in our local on-campus and national online cross-network programs.
Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT) - a quarter-long program that fosters discussion about teaching and learning through classroom observations, meetings with a faculty mentor, and readings on select pedagogical topics.
Teaching Certificate Program (TCP) - in the context of a supportive learning community, participants in this yearlong program engage in ways to improve teaching and learning in their disciplines.
Searle Teaching As Research (STAR) Program – an advanced program for current or past Teaching Certificate Program participants to implement evidence-based teaching practices.
CIRTL Workshop Series - workshops offered at the Searle Center throughout the year on topics relevant to teaching and learning in STEM and SBE.
MOOC-Centered Learning Community (MCLC) - an on-campus learning community created to support the online CIRTL MOOC, An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, which is offered in the fall through Coursera.
CIRTL Coffee Hour Series - online discussions facilitated by faculty and staff across the CIRTL Network institutions.
CIRTLCast Series - webinars to discuss teaching and learning, including topics on professional development (students can attend one or more sessions without advance registration).
CIRTL Online Courses - courses that focus on teaching and learning (courses vary by semester, advance registration required, space limited).
All CIRTL at Northwestern programs address the three CIRTL core ideas:
For more information, please contact Rob Linsenmeier (Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology) or Nancy Ruggeri (Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching).