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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. For further information about the requirements for levels of participation in CIRTL, please see here.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at .
Upcoming On-Campus Events
Tuesday, April 15
Noon to 1:30 pm
Elsbeth Walker (UMass Biology Department)
"Large Lecture Strategies"
The days of the large lecture class seem to be waning, even as the number of very large classes rises. The 'good old fashioned lecture' is increasingly seen as ineffective and outdated. What kinds of alternatives are there? How can traditional lecture be supplemented with other in class activities? What types of course policies affect student learning in large classes? What role can learning management systems like Moodle play? What kinds of presentation tools can you use, and why would you want to abandon PowerPoint? We'll discuss these issues and more as we continue to strive for effective teaching and learning in our large classes.
Registration is now open!
Thursday, May 1
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Panel discussion: "Dealing with Difficult Students"
At one time or another, you will likely be faced with a student who is confrontational, rude, difficult to motivate, etc. Often a situation arises quickly and you have to deal with it on your feet. In this program, you will get the chance to hear about some techniques for defusing a difficult situation. Have these tools ready so you aren't at a loss for words when the time comes.
Registration is now open!
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