Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) 


CIRTL is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

To prepare the future STEM faculty of the nation, CIRTL must influence graduate-through-faculty preparation in teaching and learning at a significant number of research universities. Building on the CIRTL Core ideas, we propose to achieve this goal through a learning community of diverse research universities mutually engaged in teaching-as-research activities.

Established in fall 2006, the CIRTL Network was comprised of Howard University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vanderbilt University. After a substantial expansion in 2011, the Network now includes 43 research universities across the nation, including UC San Diego. The diversity of these institutions—private/public; large/moderate size; majority-/minority-serving; geographic location—is by design aligned with CIRTL's mission.

The CIRTL Network and UC San Diego:

  • Gabriele Wienhausen, Faculty Director of the Teaching + Learning Commons, is the CIRTL Institutional Leader; Erilynn Heinrich the Teaching + Learning Commons Center for Engaged Teaching IA Instructional Designer
  • UC San Diego graduate students, postdocs, and faculty are eligible to enroll online courses offered by CIRTL and participate in online webinars and discussions 
  • CIRTL core ideas and learning outcomes are the foundation of the CET’s teaching and learning course, Teaching and Learning at the College Level
  • Funding from the CIRTL Network supports the teaching-as-research component of the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars program 
  • CIRTL funding and resources support a number of on-going teaching and learning projects
If you are a graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or faculty interested in learning more about how CIRLT can support your professional development and/or educational research, contact the Teaching + Learning Commons.