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CIRTL Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT


Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online presentation session. TAR projects investigate questions about teaching and learning, including assessing the effectiveness of specific learning activities and tools, examining the learning process about a specific topic, or characterizing the student experience in the classroom.


This event meets on Thursday, April 11 at 3-4:30pm Atlantic / 2-3:30pm Eastern / 1-2:30pm Central / 12-1:30pm Mountain / 11am-12:30pm Pacific.

How to attend

This online event is open to the public. Participant registration opens Monday, January 8 and closes Thursday, April 11. Once you register, you will automatically receive Zoom information for the session.


See speakers, their institutions, and project titles below. See our detailed agenda for .descriptions of each project.


Panel 1: Social Science and Humanities Panel 2: Chemistry Panel 3: Engineering & Public Health Panel 4: Life Sciences
Hannah Bowling, TAMU

Constructing the Scholarly Self: A Critical Evaluation of Student Reflections in Non-Major English Courses as Insight into Students’ Perceptions of Student Agency Within Institutional Requirements

Riley Eisert-Sasse, Penn State

Social Dynamics in the Undergraduate General Chemistry Laboratory

Hanwei Wang, UW-Madison

Effects of Gender Composition in Small Group on Individual Performance: Collaborative Learning in College Engineering Classroom

Keila Espinoza, U of Arizona

Online Exams in Immunology: Do They Help or Hurt?

Daniel Hiterer and Dr. Jack McGourty, Columbia 

To Guide or Stand Aside? Instructor Guidance and Student Use of Conversational AI in a Pre-College Entrepreneurship Course

Celine Ruscher, UBC

Can we ensure that every student thrive in team work?

Nicole Strombom, WUSTL

Equity Versus Equality: International Students in Public Health Courses with Writing Assignments

Geoffrey Finch, U of Arizona

Medically Relevant Activities in Evolution Education

Katie Silaj, UCLA

Teaching Assistant Preparation and Self-Efficacy in Teaching Research Methods in Psychology

Kay Xia, Cal Tech

Integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into the graduate chemistry curriculum

Kiran Kumar Challa, Iowa State 

EE 303 Energy Systems and Power Electronics

Jasmine Hopkins, U of Illinois at Chicago

Use of templates and guides to help bridge the gap between novice and expert: improving scientific literacy in an upper-level Biology course


If you have access needs, please let us know what they are. Contact Kate Diamond (, who is supporting this event, to let us know how we can help you have a successful experience. In addition to meeting individualized needs, we will also take measures throughout the event to support accessibility for all our students:

  • Using alt-text on images in reading materials
  • Sharing materials for synchronous sessions with students (slides, activity instructions, etc.)
  • Enabling live captioning in synchronous sessions
  • Incorporating multiple modes of interaction into synchronous sessions

Learning Outcomes

All CIRTL Network programming is designed to help participants achieve familiarity with our Core Ideas. This event is designed around the following learning outcomes.

Associate: Teaching-as-Research

  • Describe a “full-inquiry” cycle.
  • Define and recognize the value of the Teaching-as-Research process, and how it can be used for ongoing enhancement of learning.


April 11
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
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