Northwestern is a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a national NSF-funded teaching and learning center.
The CIRTL network strives to advance teaching in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) by providing professional development programs for future faculty. CIRTL programs around the country are unified by three core ideas: Learning Communities, Learning-through-Diversity, and Teaching-as-Research.
CIRTL at Northwestern is designed to build a community of practice within and across STEM disciplines – both locally and nationally – to address challenges in STEM teaching and learning. CIRTL offerings include local on-campus programs and online cross-network programs.
Searle Teaching As Research (STAR) Program – an advanced program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are current or past Teaching Certificate Program participants. The pilot program launched in January 2015.
CIRTL Series - a series of workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows offered throughout the year on a variety of topics.
Mentored Discussions of Teaching – a program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that fosters discussion about teaching and learning through classroom observations, meetings with a faculty mentor, and readings on select pedagogical topics.
CIRTL Courses - new courses on STEM Undergraduate Teaching
CIRTL Coffee Hour Series – online discussions facilitated by STEM faculty and staff across the CIRTL Network institutions.
CIRTLCast Series – webinars for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to discuss issues in STEM teaching and learning, including topics on teaching and professional development (students can link in for one or more sessions without advance registration).
CIRTL Online Courses – graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to register for online courses that focus on teaching and learning in STEM (courses vary by semester, advance registration required, space limited, may be taken as an independent study for Northwestern credit). Registration is now open for spring 2015 CIRTL Cross Network Online courses. Click here for more information. Register here.