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Mentorship Relationships in a CIRTL Postdoc Pathways Program

Two CIRTL colleagues recently published a study on mentoring relationships between STEM faculty and postdoctoral scholars in a co-teaching program. The University of Arizona's CIRTL Postdoc Pathways Program created a postdoctoral teaching certificate that includes pedagogical training and a short-term, intensive co-teaching partnership with a faculty mentor. These facilitators used pre- and post-survey data to examine how the co-teaching teams collaborated…

Summer 2024 CIRTL Network programming

This summer CIRTL is offering 2 courses, 2 teaching institutes, and 4 workshops for graduate students and postdocs pursuing teaching careers in STEM disciplines. Summer programming is topically focused around evidence-based teaching fundamentals and academic professional development. We will announce programming schedules and registration dates by late April. Anyone can register to attend programming, but participants from CIRTL member institutions and…

Transforming Your Research Into Teaching (TYRIT) and Community Impact for Educational Developers

A group of CIRTL colleagues recently published a mixed-methods study on their experiences of community while facilitating a community of practice (CoP). This particular CoP was a cross-institutional seven-week CIRTL workshop series on course design for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars called Transforming Your Research Into Teaching (TYRIT). These facilitators used qualitative items from a survey to explore these two…

Present at CIRTL’s Spring 2024 Teaching-as-Research Event

Every year, CIRTL hosts graduate students and postdocs from across the network to share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in an online presentation session. If you have recently completed a TAR project, consider signing up to present! Presenting your work is a unique professional development opportunity to: Learn how to hone your message into concise and convincing talking…

Spring 2024 CIRTL Network programming

This spring CIRTL is offering 3 courses, 2 event series, 1 event, and 3 workshops for graduate students and postdocs pursuing teaching careers in STEM disciplines. Spring programming covers a range of teaching and learning topics: evidence-based teaching fundamentals, academic professional development, science communication, and teaching-as-research. Registration dates vary; most programming opens for registration on Monday, January 8 at 11am Central Time, but…

Call for Proposals – Interface Teaching Conference at the University of Florida

Proposals are welcomed for Imagine the Possibilities: AI in Higher Education, this year's Interface Teaching Conference hosted on April 17, 2024 by the University of Florida. This conference provides faculty, staff, TAs, GAs, and post-docs with new strategies for teaching and learning through interactive breakout sessions. This one-day event will feature sessions designed to integrate teaching and learning with Artificial Intelligence…

Preparing Future STEM Faculty Through Flexible Teaching Professional Development

In a new publication in PLOS ONE, a team of CIRTL colleagues discusses how thousands of future STEM faculty around the world have been prepared to adopt evidence-based instructional practices through their participation in two massive open online courses (MOOCs) and facilitated in-person learning communities. A total of 14,977 participants enrolled in seven offerings of the introductory course held 2014–2018,…

Developing a “Just-in-Time, Just-Enough” Co-Teaching Certificate Program for Postdoctoral Scholars

For many postdoctoral scholars who plan to pursue a career in academia, learning to teach will be a key element of their success, but teaching opportunities are not commonly part of most postdoctoral positions. CIRTL colleagues at the University of Arizona developed a two-semester, “just-in-time, just-enough” postdoctoral certificate in teaching excellence that combines pedagogical training and participation in faculty learning…

Advancing SoTL through Boundary-Spanning Leadership: A Study of Four CIRTL Institutions

Recently published in Innovative Higher Education, CIRTL colleague Lucas Hill authored this article focused on local CIRTL leaders who run institutional-level programs, connect their institution to the CIRTL Network and engage in vital campus-based boundary-spanning roles. It presents the results of four CIRTL institutional case studies that identified six boundary-spanning leadership traits and three institutional characteristics found to influence local CIRTL…

9/12 Webinar: Innovative Collaborations Supporting Graduate Students and Postdocs

CIRTL Leaders will be featured panelists in an upcoming webinar co-hosted by the POD Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar Development special interest group (GPPD SIG) and the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC). Please see more details below! How do colleagues in units across campus form productive collaborations to support graduate students and postdocs? On Tuesday, September 12 from 12…