In 2006, Howard decided to join the Center for Integration, Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) network as another means of expanding the number of professional development opportunities available for students interested in pursuing a career in the the professoriate.
The Network brings several new opportunities to our campus. Five new CIRTL sponsored classes have been added to our growing repertoire of Preparing Future Faculty Course offerings. These classes not only explore new and effective pedagogies, but also create a unique situation where students from Howard, in a virtual classroom setting, interact with peers and faculty from across the nation.
Additionally, students can engage in Teaching as Research (TAR) Projects. These Projects can be used to fulfill the Teaching Field Experience required for the Certificate in College and University Teaching. Students conducting TAR projects receive a small stipend for their efforts.
For additional information on the CIRTL Network Alliance and the CIRTL Pillar, Teaching as Research, please visit the CIRTL website. View a comprehensive list of Network Institutions.
CIRTL @Howard Mission
To enhance the Professional Development of Howard University Graduate Students and develop a national faculty committed to advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences based on the 3 pillars of Teaching-as-Research, Learning-through-Diversity, and Learning Communities
CIRTL @Howard Program Objectives
- Participants will gain skills that will help them identify, investigate, and propose solutions to their learning and teaching environment.
- Apply research skills to improve teaching and learning.
- Develop a lasting learning community with other faculty members across the CIRTL Network.
- Teach through diversity by acquiring skills to teach to the diverse learning styles, culture, age, gender, academic capacity and disciplines, and interests.
- Develop confidence in creating effective learning and teaching environments.
- Provide synergy between the existing professional development programs that are focused on preparing future faculty such as PFF, AGEP, Bridges to the Doctorate.
CIRTL @Howard Goals
- Prepares graduate students, post docs, and new faculty for successful careers integrating excellent research and superb teaching.
- To use the diversity of the CIRTL Network to prepare future science, engineering and math and other graduate students become faculty members who are both excellent researchers and teachers.
- Support Howard University initiatives (PFF, AGEP, etc.) to infuse courses with inquiry-based pedagogies.
- Support faculty development in CIRTL pillars and inquiry-based pedagogies.
CIRTL @Howard Program Offerings
The CIRTL program offers Howard University graduate and postdocs the opportunity to gain critical skills to enhance their instructional delivery, research capacity, hands-on instructional technology skills and extensive professional development opportunities – our offerings are built upon well developed scientific research methodologies.
CIRTL is funded by the National Science Foundation. (http://www.nsf.gov/)