Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar thinking about a career in higher education?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a member of a network of research universities committed to preparing outstanding future faculty with the ultimate goal of improving undergraduate education across all disciplines. Our membership in this network enables graduate students and postdocs to take advantage of career development courses and workshops offered locally & online by other network member institutions, build your teaching portfolio and gain a competitive edge for the academic job market through evidence-based teaching approaches and engagement with teaching-related learning communities.

All CIRTL programs and activities are based on the following core values:

  • Teaching-through-Diversity. Begins with recognition of the reality that existing social and educational practices do not always promote equal success for all learners.
  • Learning Communities. Bring participants together for collaborative discovery and learning to achieve specific goals.
  • Teaching as Research (TAR). Involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement effective teaching and learning practices.

Benefits to Participants:   

  • Enhance academic, communication, & research skills (Feldon et al Science 333:2011, Shortlidge & Eddy, PLoS ONE 2018)
  • Engage in training and mentoring to become effective educators
  • Gain competitive advantage in career searches
  • Earn nationally recognized credentials
  • Expand leadership skills and build relationships with peers and future colleagues

Getting Started:

  1. Register as a participant for CIRTL@UNC Chapel Hill
  2. Sign-up and create a CIRTL Network Account
  3. Participate in CIRTL related offerings locally and through national cross-network events
  4. Record participation in CIRTL@UNC Chapel Hill Sakai site for levels of accomplishment (access granted after registration above).

Levels of Accomplishment/Learning Outcomes

 Associate
Complete the following requirements
  • 5 Pedagogical workshops – local or online via CIRTL network
  • MOOC: Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
  • Diversity training – GreenZone, SafeZone, Diversity in STEM conference, etc
  • Write and submit a teaching statement
  • Participation in a learning community
Evidence of Completion to Obtain Associate Level
  • Documentation of completion of requirements above in Sakai
  • Submission of revised Teaching Philosophy Statement.
  • Submission of completed reflections
  • Anticipated timeline for completion: 1 semester

 

 Practitioner
Complete the following requirements
  • Completion of Associate’s level requirements and application for Practitioner level (engagement with the TAR course can be concurrent with completion of requirements at Associate’s level)
  • Teaching experience (guest lecture series, instructor of record for 1 course)
  • 2 diversity-related workshops offered via CIRTL network
  • Teaching As Research (TAR) program
    • Completion of a TAR Course
    • Completion of a TAR project in one of three tracks (evidence-based teaching, learning through community, or learning through diversity)
    • Submission of a TAR report and presentation of results
  • Facilitate or lead a learning community
  • Revise and submit teaching statement
Evidence of Completion to Obtain Practitioner Level
  • Documentation of completion of requirements above in Sakai
  • Submission of revised Teaching Philosophy Statement.
  • Submission of completed reflections
  • Anticipated timeline for completion: 2 semesters

 

 Scholar
Complete the following requirements
  • Documentation of completion of requirements above in Sakai
  • Presented and published the peer-reviewed results of rigorous, significant, well-developed Teaching-as-Research and/or education research efforts to national or international audiences of their peers. This level represents a high level of engagement in the pillars of CIRTL through their application and defense of work
  • Update Teaching Statement

 

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars affiliated with other teaching-related UNC Chapel Hill programs can also fulfill many of these requirements concurrently. Please see links below for equivalencies:

Certificate in College Science Teaching (CCST)

Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFFP)

Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program (PITAP)

Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE)