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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.

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.