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 some capped programming starting later in the term will open for registration closer to their start dates. Uncapped programming – like our events and some workshops – is open for registration until it takes place, while capped programming – courses and some workshops – is open for registration until capacity is reached (which typically happens within several weeks). Anyone can register to attend programming, but participants from CIRTL member institutions and alumni will receive priority when registering for capped programming.
Academic professional development
Work with a community of peers to develop and improve your research mentoring skills in this 5-week seminar-style course. Students will develop their personal mentoring philosophy, learn how to articulate that philosophy across a variety of disciplines, and refine strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. This course meets online in Zoom on Wednesdays from February 21 to March 27 at 3-4:30PM Atlantic / 2-3:30PM Eastern / 1-2:30PM Central / 12-1:30PM Mountain / 11AM-12:30PM Pacific. Cap: 20; registration closes when capacity is reached. At capacity and registration is closed as of Friday, January 19.
As part of the interview process for a faculty position in the U.S., you may be asked to lead a teaching demonstration. In this one-session workshop, we’ll discuss ways to go into your teaching demo with preparedness, confidence, and adaptability. This workshop meets online in Zoom on Wednesday, January 31 at 2-3:30PM Atlantic / 1-2:30PM Eastern / 12-1:30PM Central / 11AM-12:30PM Mountain / 10-11:30AM Pacific. Cap: 100; registration closes when capacity is reached. At capacity and registration is closed as of Friday, January 19.
Learn about different career paths in academia and beyond in conversation with CIRTL alumni in this 4-part event series. Each event in the series will focus on a different career path: teaching careers at research universities, teaching careers at teaching-intensive institutions (liberal arts colleges, community colleges, etc.), non-faculty careers in academia, and careers outside of academia. Events take place online in Zoom on Wednesdays from April 3 through April 24 at 2-3PM Atlantic / 1-2PM Eastern / 12-1PM Central / 11AM-12PM Mountain / 10-11AM Pacific. No cap. Register here.
Develop strategies for self-care as an instructor in this one-part workshop. Working off of Tricia Hersey’s (2022) Rest is Resistance framework, we will explore Hersey’s “Rest” component to identify tools for self-care, rest, and protection as an instructor existing and working in academic spaces. This workshop meets online in Zoom on Thursday, February 8 at 12-1:30PM Atlantic / 11AM-12:30PM Eastern / 10-11:30AM Central / 9-10:30AM Mountain / 8-9:30AM Pacific. Cap: 15; registration closes when capacity is reached. At capacity and registration is closed as of Wednesday, January 17.
Get a sampler of academic professional development in this 8-part event series covering everything from the academic hiring process, to defining your teaching philosophy, to careers outside academia. Events meet online in Zoom; schedule varies. No cap. Register here.
Evidence-based teaching fundamentals
Building Neuroinclusive Learning Environments: Best Practices to Support and Empower Neurodiverse Learners in STEM
Learn neurodiversity basics, explore accessible approaches to teaching and learning, and revise a specific component of your own teaching in this 4-week short course. This course meets online in Zoom on Thursdays from February 15 to March 7 at 1-2:30PM Atlantic / 12-1:30PM Eastern / 11AM-12:30PM Central / 10-11:30AM Mountain / 9AM-10:30PM Pacific. Cap: 25. At capacity and registration is closed as of Thursday, January 11.
Examine your own identities, values, and experiences to cultivate an inclusive mindset that informs your teaching practices in this 8-week course. The course meets online in Zoom on Tuesdays from March 5 to April 23 at 2-3:30PM Atlantic / 1-2:30PM Eastern / 12-1:30PM Central / 11AM-12:30PM Mountain / 10-11:30AM Pacific. Cap: 25. At capacity and registration is closed as of Wednesday, January 31.
Explore the creative potential of new ways of reading and analyzing text in this two-part workshop on arts-based research (ABR). Through the ABR approach of “poetic inquiry,” participants will learn new methods for reading, assessing, and analyzing journal articles, research, and other written materials in a variety of scientific disciplines. The workshop meets online in Zoom on Mondays, March 11 and March 25 at 1-2:30PM Atlantic / 12-1:30PM Eastern / 11AM-12:30PM Central / 10-11:30AM Mountain / 9AM-10:30PM Pacific. Cap: 40. At capacity and registration is closed as of Monday, February 12.
Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online event. This event meets online in Zoom on Thursday, April 11 at 3-4:30PM Atlantic / 2-3:30PM Eastern / 1-2:30PM Central / 12-1:30PM Mountain / 11AM-12:30AM Pacific. No cap. Register here by April 11.