The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a nationally recognized network of research institutions that offers cross-network classes and workshops and awards certificate levels of achievement for STEM graduate students and postdocs who are interested in teaching at the college level. Founded in 2003 through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Center for Teaching and Learning, CIRTL (pronounced as sir-tuhl) is now recognized as a national leader in developing future STEM faculty and has expanded to over 40 institutions across North America. The University of Arizona officially joined the network in July 2020.

The CIRTL Network is committed to diversity and equity in teaching and bases all of its programming on three core values:

  1. Learning-through-Diversity: Learning-through-diversity draws on the rich experiences, backgrounds, and skills of STEM undergraduates and future faculty to enhance the learning experience for everyone.
  2. Teaching-as-Research (TAR): Teaching-as-Research involves the deliberate and reflective use of research to explore classroom pedagogy and, ultimately, to develop and implement teaching practices that improve student learning.
  3. Learning Communities: Learning communities bring together participants with common interests to nurture relationships and provide a safe space for everyone to learn and grow.

As part of the larger CIRTL Network, CIRTL@UArizona gives graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to participate in professional development courses and workshops locally and across the network and earn three certificate levels of accomplishment as they progress (see levels here). Though there are certain requirements to reach each level, members can largely design their own learning path based on their teaching and research interests and combine local activities that count toward CIRTL (such as joining one of our local Faculty Learning Communities) with network offerings. Although CIRTL@UArizona is primarily intended for STEM graduate students and postdocs who plan on pursuing a career in research and teaching, we welcome all disciplines and career path interests.

From attending an online course to co-teaching a class with an experienced teacher here on campus, there are plenty of ways CIRTL can help future faculty reach their future career goals. Our members take pedagogy courses, attend online workshops taught by network faculty, join local Faculty Learning Communities, co-teach with experienced professors, and design teaching-as-research (TAR) projects for the classroom. Together, these experiences help our participants develop more deliberate and careful teaching practices and offer them valuable insight into beginning a rewarding career in higher education.

In addition to joining a robust network of alumni, participants can expect to:

  • Network with other graduate students, postdocs, and alumni across the CIRTL network
  • Attend local and cross-network events, workshops, and mini-courses
  • Learn evidence-based STEM teaching practices (and how to talk about them)
  • Develop teaching-as-research (TAR) projects that can turn into publications (or become a chapter in your dissertation)
  • Earn valuable credentials that will enhance your online portfolio and/or CV
  • Gain a competitive edge in the academic job search
  • Mentor a new CIRTL student or teach a class in the network in the future


We are excited to join CIRTL this year and look forward to helping our future STEM faculty become reflective, deliberate teacher-scholars. We invite interested participants to look around, learn more, and join our inaugural group of CIRTL members at UArizona!

CIRTL Leadership Team

Gail Burd, Ph.D.

Gail Burd

CIRTL Instructional Leader

Dr. Frans Tax

Frans Tax

CIRTL Co-Leader

Dr. Kristin Winet

Kristin Winet

CIRTL Program Administrator