CIRTL Information Page

Please join us online for these upcoming CIRTL ( events!

The University of Houston is a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning network The CIRTL network consists of 23 universities with a shared mission of training science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, the future STEM faculty, to be better instructors in order to improve undergraduate STEM education. UH-CIRTL is partnering with the UH Center for Teaching Excellence – Division of TA Resources to provide additional program offerings designed to give STEM graduate students and post-docs a competitive edge in teaching and research mentoring.
All training/seminars are FREE and are conducted online via Blackboard Collaborate<; through the CIRTL website, where additional resources and learning communities are also available.
For questions regarding UH-CIRTL, please contact the Executive Director, Dr. Shirley Yu at

CIRTL Teaching-as-Research Presentation
Tuesday, February 12, 2-3 pm CT

Please join us for the next event in our Teaching-as-Research Capstone Seminar series (

On Tuesday Feb. 12,  two CIRTL graduate students who have completed a successful Teaching-as-Research projects will talk about their projects and reflections about the TAR experience.  Come see what a successful TAR project looks like!  It will be at 3-4pm ET / 2-3pm CT / 1-2pm MT / 12-1pm PT.

Emily Kara Read, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies, Bard College; Ph.D., environmental engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Delta Program

Emily Norton, Michigan State University FAST Fellow, graduate student in Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

We will meet in our Blackboard Collaborate virtual conference room.  To join the session go to and click on the link for Blackboard Collaborate Room 1.

We hope to have a good discussion following the presentations so come with questions for the presenters.

CIRTLCast Presentation
Presentations on STEM teaching and learning from leaders across the CIRTL Network’s 23 institutions.

Linking Pedagogy to Professional Skills: One-Page Instructional Resources on Problem-Solving and Teamwork
Wednesday, February 13 at 2 pm CT

As we help prepare the next generation of STEM professionals, what are the skills, knowledge and ways of thinking they will need for the workplace? How can we connect pedagogy and course content to these abilities? In an NSF-funded study of professional work, we asked these questions of engineers and observed their work to determine how STEM education can better connect to current practice. As with our November 7th CIRTLCast, this session will draw on findings from our study to dig into two more of the essential skills emphasized by STEM professionals–problem-solving and teamwork. We will explore how to explicitly develop students’ real-world problem-solving and teamwork skills within your courses without a lot of extra work.

Presented by:
Tom McGlamery, Faculty Associate, Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Kevin J. B. Anderson, PhD CESA #2 School Improvement Consultant in STEM Education

The CIRTLCast series features presentations throughout the academic year on topics related to STEM education.  Future topics include service learning in STEM disciplines and issues confronting minority graduate students. We welcome comments or suggestions; contact Robin Greenler ( with any feedback.

To join the session, download a flyer, or see archived recordings of previous sessions, go to

CIRTL Online Coffee Hour Series: Teaching and Learning in the STEM Classroom
Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
Wednesday, February 20th at 1-2 pm CT

How do we open the classroom door wider for broader inclusion and retention in our STEM classrooms? While many in the past have laid nearly total blame for a lower level of diversity on the stereotyped appeal of the content of the fields and their pipelines, there are also issues of classroom method that can have profound effects. How can our pedagogy and classroom approaches make STEM classrooms more open to the stimulating and enriching experience for all students of participation from a wide diversity of perspectives and life experience? Join us as we discuss and share how to engage and build on the tremendous resource of diversity in the classroom.

Facilitated by:
A. T. Miller, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity Initiatives, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Cornell University
Yanqiao Chen, Undergraduate in the Dept of Chemistry, Cornell University

This CIRTL Coffee Hour series will run monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 1pm CT and will focus on teaching and learning in the STEM Classroom. Future topics include teaching and using writing skills in the STEM classroom and fostering critical thinking. We welcome comments or suggestions; contact Robin Greenler ( with any feedback.

To join the session, download a flyer, or see archived recordings of previous sessions, go to


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For general questions or concerns, please email

For questions regarding UH-CIRTL, please contact the Executive Director, Dr. Shirley Yu at


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