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UT CIRTL Program

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network.

According to CIRTL, the Center is “an 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.”

The CIRTL Network includes 43 research universities across the nation. By joining this network, UT Knoxville addresses two Vol Vision goals:

  • Expanding services for graduate student engagement and success through the development of a rigorously staged teaching professional development process for teaching
  • Improving undergraduate retention and persistence by improving the knowledge, skills, and confidence of graduate students who play an important role of the instructional staff of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Our CIRTL membership offers online courses and seminars, as well as multiple resources, such as course guidebooks, summer conferences, yearly workshops and much more.

For more information on the UT CIRTL program, contact Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, Teaching and Learning assistant director, at

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