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What is CIRTL?
CIRTL is the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (pronounced SIR-TUL, more or less). CIRTL is comprised of 23 Research-1 institutions with a shared goal of improving the preparation of STEM graduate students and postdocs for careers that include college and university teaching.
As a CIRTL Institution, UMass Amherst graduate students and postdocs have two different kinds of opportunities:
(1) An array of on-line offerings that only students and postdocs at network institutions can take. These include full-semester courses, workshops, coffee hours, and the like. They are taught by members of each Network institution and hosted by CIRTL Central at UW Madison. These offerings are free to you, although the number of participants from each campus is limited. Credit can be arranged here at UMass.
(2) An array of on-campus events every semester. These will include short workshops and longer series.
Levels of Engagement
You are welcome to participate in an occasional event, or to become more deeply engaged in the program. For the latter, there are three levels of participation, each resulting in a document of completion.
CIRTL Fellows attend a variety of events, chosen in consultation with the on-campus CIRTL team, that cover a range of topics. Fellows also write a Teaching Statement, a document often requested by prospective employers."
CIRTL Practitioners fulfill the requirements of CIRTL Fellows, and also take at least one semester-long course in college teaching (either on campus or on line).
CIRTL Scholars fulfill the requirements of CIRTL Practitioners and also engage in a mentored teaching experience. This opportunity is available to only a small group, and entails a serious commitment for a semester to a year.
- Tuesday, September 24: Preparing for Teaching at Different Types of Institutions: Which is Right For You? A panel discussion featuring faculty from UMass, Amherst College, and Greenfield Community College. 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is required (The registration system will be set up in the coming weeks).
- Wednesday, October 23: Top 10 Teaching Mistakes. Facilitated by Peter Lindsay, a professor from Georgia State who ran their teaching center and is doing a sabbatical here at UMass. 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is required (The registration system will be set up in the coming weeks).
- Thursday, November 21: Preparing Your Teaching Portfolio. The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development staff will discuss how to put together an effective teaching statement and portfolio material. 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is required (The registration system will be set up in the coming weeks).
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at .
Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Director of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development
John McCarthy, Dean of the Graduate School
Elizabeth Jakob, Department of Psychology
Tilman Wolf, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lynn Adler, Department of Biology
Magdalena Bezanilla, Department of Biology
Robert Hallock, Department of Physics
Ryan Hayward, Department of Polymer Science
Jim Kurose, Department of Computer Science
Jennifer Normanly, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Barbara Osborne, Department of Veterinary & Animal Science
J. Mohan Rao, Department of Economics
Susan Roberts, Department of Chemical Engineering
Richard Vachet, Department of Chemistry
National Science Foundation
The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development
The Graduate School
College of Natural Sciences
College of Engineering
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences