Welcome to the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at Texas A&M University (TAMU). We are a part of a six institution network (now expanded to 25 institutions) funded by the National Science Foundation to promote “the development of a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers.” TAMU CIRTL serves as a bridge by (1) contributing TAMU’s unique emphasis on inquiry-based courses to the CIRTL network and (2) network existing TAMU resources and facilitating access to CIRTL resources to the broader TAMU community.
Our goals are simple:
(1) Prepare graduate students and post-docs as future faculty
(2) Support TAMU’s initiative to infuse courses with inquiry-based pedagogy
(3) Support faculty development in CIRTL pillars and inquiry-based pedagogy
As a CIRTL Network partner since 2006, TAMU-CIRTL has advanced professional development of future faculty in teaching and learning through both institutionalized CIRTL programs and existing TAMU programs. TAMU-CIRTL began by partnering with the student-led Graduate Teaching Academy, integrating Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects into the existing learning community. In 2009, TAMU-CIRTL created the College Alignment for Collaboration (CAC), a disciplinary CIRTL learning community first implemented in the College of Geosciences. CAC takes a TAR approach to designing, implementing, and assessing inquiry-based strategies in STEM courses, a university-wide mission. CAC spawned a local and Network course Inquiry-Guided and Problem-Based Learning in Fall 2011. TAMU-CIRTL also implemented the first CIRTL program with a purely post-doctoral focus, the Post-Doctoral Professional Development workshop series. While our focus is on STEM disciplines, we encourage the diversity that accompanies the participation by all disciplines.
Please explore the above tabs. Your will find content about current TAMU-CIRTL collaborations and programs for graduate-through-faculty and resources, both at TAMU and beyond, that you may utilize in your courses and/or research. Please contact us with any questions. We are here to serve the faculty, administration, and students of Texas A&M University!
Dr. Karen Butler-Purry (Associate Provost), TAMU-CIRTL Network Leader
Dr. Robin Autenrieth, Associate Dean & TAMU-CIRTL Project Leader
Gurlovleen Rathore, CIRTL Link
"This material is based upon work partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-0717768. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."