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The National CIRTL Network

CIRTL has created a network of diverse research universities (including public and private research institutions, and several primarily-minority institutions) committed to advancing the professional development of future STEM faculty. Each member of the CIRTL Network develops, implements and evaluates local programs and learning communities for graduate-through-faculty development in STEM higher education. In addition, the universities contribute to a cross-network learning community and associated programs that allow all future faculty to draw on the diversity of the network. Learn more about CIRTL network institutions.

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[Woman speaking] CIRTL is key in connecting students, teachers, and scientists in the academic and professional world across many universities. Participating in the CIRTL network prepares students and postdocs for academic and industrial careers.

So, what is CIRTL? The Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning provides professional development for higher education practitioners. In short, it's a program focused on developing a national stem faculty that is committed to using and advancing effective teaching practices. As a nationally growing program, CIRTLs goal is to improve the stem learning of all students at every college and university. With an increase in knowledge comes an increase in diversity, improving the stem literacy across the nation.

Three ideas form the foundation of the CIRTL network: evidence-based teaching, learning communities, and learning through diversity. The improvement of teaching and learning is an ongoing process just like research. STEM instructors use their research skills to determine what teaching and learning practices are most effective. Learning communities help students thrive through collaborative projects and mutual support. The success of learning communities’ rests on the diverse backgrounds and experience of its members and leaders.

Faculty and students bring together different experiences backgrounds and skills. Excellence and diversity are intertwined effective teaching uses these resources to benefit all. You may think you don't have time to participate in circle but there are different levels of engagement to cater to your interests. CIRTL webinars and online classes are an easy way to get ideas and information without taking up much time. Graduate learning communities will get you more involved in circles, develop your skills, and help you start networking with other stem students. Getting fully involved in CIRTL through teaching as research helps determine the most effective practices and exposes you to real world experience in your field. So, get involved! CIRTL’s goal of improving STEM teaching and learning starts with the researchers and teachers of the future make your future brighter with CIRTL. For more information visit our website.

The CIRTL Mission

The mission of CIRTL 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, particularly in the STEM disciplines. Learn more about the CIRTL Network, its mission and value statements.

CIRTL Core Ideas

Three core ideas—or pillars—are at the foundation of national CIRTL future faculty programming. Through its programming, CIRTL@UB is continuously striving to solidify engagement in, and understanding of the core ideas.


Learning-through-diversity capitalizes on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among STEM undergraduates and graduates-through-faculty, to enhance the learning of all.


Teaching-as-research is the deliberate, systematic and reflective use of research methods by instructors to develop, and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers.

Learning Communities

Learning communities bring together groups of people from different disciplines for shared learning, discovery and the generation of knowledge of effective teaching practices.


CIRTL@UB is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UB, in all disciplines. The goal of CIRTL@UB is to prepare future faculty, and contribute to a network of education professionals dedicated to advancing excellence and innovation in teaching. The CIRTL@UB professional development program consists of three levels of nationally recognized CIRTL Certifications:

  • Associate-Level Certification.
  • Practitioner-Level Certification.
  • Scholar-Level Certification.

Each certificate level has a defined set of coursework and activates required to achieve certification. Learn more about CIRTL@UB certifications.