CIRTL Network


CIRTL promotes the development of a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers.

CIRTL is designing, implementing, and evaluating programs for STEM future faculty development. Present and future STEM faculty create, offer, and evaluate these programs, in partnership with colleagues from the social sciences. CIRTL is also creating a network of research universities that will extend the development and implementation of such programs.

The Pillars of CIRTL: Teaching-as-Research, Learning Communities, and Learning-through-Diversity underlie all CIRTL activities. STEM faculty use research methods to systematically and reflectively improve learning outcomes. This work is done within a community of shared learning and discovery, and explicitly recognizes that effective teaching capitalizes on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among the students and teachers to enhance the learning of all.

Learn more by visiting the CIRTL website at