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UT CIRTL Program: Center for Integration of Research and Teaching

The University of Tennessee Knoxville has joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network.

“The CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.”

CIRTL has four core values:  Evidence-Based Teaching, Learning Communities, Learning for Diversity, and Teaching as Research.

Becoming part of the CIRTL Network aids UT in addressing two Vol Vision Goals:

  • Expanding services for graduate student engagement and success through the development of a  rigorously staged teaching professional development process for teaching
  • Improving undergraduate retention and persistence by improving the knowledge, skills, and confidence of graduate students who play an important role of the instructional staff of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

CIRTL provides a framework and resources for the professional development of doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers:

Our CIRTL membership offers online courses and seminars.  For example:

  • An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching: A CIRTL College Classroom MOOC
  • Basics of Online Learning and Teaching
  • Planning Your Career: Developing Your Academic E-Portfolio
  • Preparing Future STEM Faculty to Meet the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

CIRTL has other multiple resources, such as:

  • Course guidebooks
  • Latest Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Literature (Discipline Based Education Research))
  • Diversity resources.
  • Active Facebook and Twitter learning communities are active
  • Summer institutes and conferences on teaching and learning

For more information on the national program, visit http://www.cirtl.net.

For information on UTK’s developing programs, email Dr. Ferlin McGaskey at fmcgaske@utk.edu

 

 

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