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Membership in the CIRTL Network offers a number of benefits. Please browse through the categories below to see areas where current members have found a return on their investment, along with accompanying examples and data points.

  • Show undergrads an institutional commitment to effective teaching
  • Recruit graduate students and postdocs
  • Through CIRTL programmings, graduate students and postdocs build skills, prepare for teaching roles, and gain advantage in their job search.

CIRTL Network programming is taught by faculty and staff from 42 research university across the US and Canada. Local CIRTL programing was found to positively affect graduate students and postdocs by advancing their teaching competence and career preparation (CIRTL Research Brief #4, Schein et al)

  • Access to quality courses, workshops and evaluation resources
  • Expand local professional development capacity

Nine CIRTL cross-Network courses and 16 workshops and events in AY 2021-22 CIRTL membership helped improve local offerings by expanding of local programming and the modifying existing programs. (CIRTL Research Brief #6, Hill et al)

  • CIRTL programs can enhance institutional proposals
  • CIRTL collaborations can bring new grants to university

Recent grants include NSF INCLUDES Aspire, IUSE CIRTL, IUSE Inclusive Teaching, AGEP, CAREER Example: since 2014 at UT-Arlington, 40 institutional proposals have mentioned CIRTL membership for a total of $1,766,019 awarded.

  • Opportunities for teaching and publishing collaborations with international community of STEM innovators
  • Support career advancement
  • Education Research opportunities

Reported personal benefits of CIRTL involvement include being part of a supportive national community of like-minded peers and professional development opportunities (CIRTL Research Brief #5, Hill et al)

The CIRTL Network is an internationally recognized network in STEM Education. 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. CIRTL institutional representatives reported a sense of increased social capital from being connected to a prestigious network of peer institutions. (CIRTL Research Brief #6, Hill et al)