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The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) sees graduate education as a strategic leverage point for preparing future STEM faculty, and thereby for advancing STEM undergraduate education in the United States and Canada. CIRTL seeks to prepare future STEM faculty who excel both as researchers and as teachers. The CIRTL Network currently comprises 45 research universities.

We seek graduate-degree-granting universities who play important roles in shaping our national STEM faculties. Important roles might be defined by numbers of STEM PhD’s who go on to faculty positions, or by diversifying the faculty along an array of dimensions. One dimension of priority for the CIRTL Network is preparing future faculty currently underrepresented among STEM faculty.

CIRTL membership is through reviewed applications, in order to assure alignment and readiness for success of members. Key dates for the application process are listed below.

Key 2023 – 2024 Dates

Application Due: Monday, March 11, 2024

Notification of Acceptances: Monday, May 6, 2024

Membership Information Session: Monday, December 11, 2023

Information & Application Help Session: Monday, January 29, 2024 – Register now!

Membership Documents

Materials introducing the CIRTL Network and highlighting some of the opportunities available to STEM doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in the CIRTL Network are linked below. In addition, the document CIRTL for the Nation: A Membership Plan for Sustained Impact provides details of CIRTL Network operations and finances.

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Application Materials

Application for Membership & Rubric (PDF)

Additional requested materials:

  • Institutional Leader contact information
  • University Official contact information
  • CV/biosketch for CIRTL institutional leaders
  • Completed application (.docx or PDF)

Application Submission Form



CIRTL Membership Committee
Lisa Kelly, Chair
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Success, Graduate College
University of Iowa
Katie Ingraham Dixie
CIRTL@UCLA Program Director and
Assistant Director, Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences
University of California Los Angeles
Julie Harlin
Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional School and Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
Texas A&M University
Sarah C. Larsen
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Chemistry
University of Houston
Natalie Westwood
CIRTL Program Developer, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
University of British Columbia
Kristin Winet
Associate Professor of Practice, University Center for Assessment, Teaching and Technology and CIRTL Program Director, Office of Academic Affairs
University of Arizona