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 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and SBE (social, behavioral, economic) disciplines by providing professional development programs for future faculty. CIRTL programs around the country are unified by three core ideas:
CIRTL at Northwestern is designed to build a community of practitioners within and across STEM disciplines – both locally and nationally – to address challenges in STEM teaching and learning.
CIRTL at Northwestern programs address CIRTL's core ideas, and mastery of these foundational pillars is indicated by three ascending levels of learning outcomes: Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in STEM and Social Science disciplines are invited to participate in our CIRTL at Northwestern suite of local on-campus and online cross-network programs as described below.
STEM Workshops - a series of workshops offered throughout the year on a variety of topics.
MOOC-Centered Learning Community (MCLC) - on-campus learning community to support the web-based CIRTL MOOC.
Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT) – a program that fosters discussion about teaching and learning through classroom observations, meetings with a faculty mentor, and readings on select pedagogical topics.
Searle Teaching As Research (STAR) Program – an advanced program for current or past Teaching Certificate Program participants. This year's program will begin in January 2016.
CIRTL Coffee Hour Series – online discussions facilitated by STEM faculty and staff across the CIRTL Network institutions.
CIRTLCast Series – webinars to discuss issues in STEM teaching and learning, including topics on teaching and professional development (students can attend one or more sessions without advance registration).
CIRTL Online Courses – 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).