UMass Amherst is part of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) network, which comprises numerous 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.

Opportunities for Grad Students and Post Doctoral Students

UMass graduate students and postdocs can take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Online offerings. These include full-semester courses and short-term workshops, and cover all aspects of teaching and preparing for a teaching career. They are taught by members of each network institution and hosted by CIRTL Central at UW Madison. These offerings are free to graduate students and post doctoral students, although the number of participants from each campus is limited. Credit can be arranged here at UMass. Simply go to, create a free account, and sign up!
  • On-campus workshops every semester in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development (OPD). This ever-changing lineup includes workshops on different aspects of college teaching as well as advice for how to prepare for and get academic jobs. Watch for ads in the OPD email blast.
  • Become a CIRTL Associate, Practitioner, or Scholar. All CIRTL institutions recognize three levels of participation. To become a CIRTL Associate, you may either take the CIRTL online MOOC or participate in a combination of on-campus and online workshops. To become a CIRTL Practitioner or Scholar, you must complete an evidence-based teaching project.
  • Become a CNS or Engineering Teaching Fellow. Graduate students and postdocs in these colleges are eligible to apply to be teaching fellows. After receiving thorough training in good teaching practices, Fellows each teach their own sections of First Year Seminars. Watch for ads distributed every spring. Fellows automatically receive CIRTL Associate status.
  • Empowering Future Leaders for an Inclusive Academy. Preparing graduate students and postdocs to be change agents in academia. We provide participants with the tools needed to plan a career of impactful change. Sponsored by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and the Graduate School's Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE). Attend an event this semester. 

CIRTL Personnel at UMass Amherst

Institutional Co-Leaders:

  • Barbara Krauthamer, Dean of the Graduate School

Faculty Co-Leaders:

  • Elizabeth Jakob, Associate Dean for Student Success & Department of Biology -
  • Tilman Wolf, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering