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CIRTL at MU

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded network of research universities committed to preparing outstanding future faculty in STEM disciplines, with the ultimate goal of improving undergraduate STEM educationin our country. Courses and events are FREE, and CIRTL certification is offered. Established in fall 2006, the CIRTL Network includes over 40 research-intensive universities across the nation, including Mizzou.

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. Toward this goal, CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop current and future STEM faculty by advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse student audiences.

Benefits of Belonging to CIRTL:

Learn more about the national CIRTL network.

This initiative provides graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty the opportunity to participate and develop workshops, webinars, and programming on teaching, learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning through the national CIRTL network and additional programming and teacher credentialing on the Mizzou campus.

From this page you can explore aspects of our CIRTL at MU initiative by following the navigation to the left or visit the national CIRTL website to view eventscourses, and network outcomes.  As members of the national network, your participation in CIRTL events are free (unless otherwise noted).  Although the national CIRTL network focuses on STEM (broadly defined), our local programming is open to all fields.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can earn teaching credentialing, in the form of CIRTL certification, which can be shared with prospective employers to demonstrate teaching competence.  The three certification levels are Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar.

Criteria for Each Level

Associate Level

To reach the Associate Level, the participant must:

  • complete one of the three college teaching courses (ELPA 9448, AgEdLd 8350 or LTC/BioSci 8724)

OR (the three following):

  • Complete a total of 6 hours of teaching workshops, seminars (Needs to be verifiable 1).  Such workshops could include (but not limited to 2):
  • In addition to the 6 hours, participate in a workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Such workshops could include (but not limited to 2):
  • submit a Philosophy of Learning and Teaching

Practitioner Level

To reach the Practitioner Level, the participant must:

  • complete the Associate Level requirements and engage in a teaching internship as defined by the Minor in College Teaching (you do not have to take the internship credit, just complete the experience)
  • participate in a workshop on diversity
  • development and implement at SoTL or scholarly teaching project (or large-scale around a large concept or course outcome).  If you took a college teaching course, one of your projects might qualify.  Some examples include (but not limited to 2):
    • Conducting a peer review of teaching of someone else
    • Analyze items on a test or exam
    • Conducting a simple focus group on a course your teaching
    • Engage in a course redesign using a new approach or framework

Scholar Level

To reach the Scholar Level, the participant must:

  • complete the Practitioner Level requirements
  • submit and present a SoTL project for presentation beyond the campus or have that project accepted for publication

1 Verifiable meaning your attendance and participation can be verified by a faculty member or workshop presenter or workshop organizer
2 If uncertain if what you’re planning would qualify, please contact the CIRTL Director at Mizzou

Student Teaching as Research (STAR) Mini-Grants

MU Office of Graduate Studies has announced the first annual call for proposals for Student Teaching as Research (STAR) Projects in October 2017. All MU graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to apply for a $1,500 mini-grant to conduct small research projects on undergraduate/graduate teaching and learning methods and impacts. A total of ten grants were awarded.

Each applicant submitted a three-page proposal that includes a brief introduction, objectives of the research, and a discussion of the materials and methods being used to achieve the objectives and on the proposed use of the funds. A one-page CV for the applicant was also included.  Projects included a signed letter from a collaborating MU faculty member that certifies that they allow the applicant to conduct a teaching research project in the faculty member’s Spring semester course and approves of the proposed project. If the applicant is the instructor of record then the applicant’s department chair provided a letter of approval. Successful applicants were/will be required to participate in teaching research workshops in November and December 2017, submit a report of their research findings, and participate in a poster session at the Celebration of Teaching at MU.

CIRTL at MU Lead


Faculty Fellow, Office of Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

CIRTL at MU Administrative Co-Lead

Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
Office of Graduate Studies and Office of Postdoctoral Education