Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow thinking about a career in higher education? The University of Delaware is a member of an international network of research universities committed to preparing outstanding future faculty with the ultimate goal of improving undergraduate education. Our membership in this network enables graduate students and postdocs to take advantage of career development courses and workshops offered online by other network member institutions while you also gather valuable classroom experience, build your teaching portfolio and gain a competitive edge for the academic job market through teaching-related career development courses, workshops and learning communities at UD.
All CIRTL programs and activities are based on the following core values:
- Teaching-through-Diversity. Begins with recognition of the reality that existing social and educational practices do not always promote equal success for all learners.
- Learning Communities. Bring participants together for collaborative discovery and learning to achieve specific goals.
- Teaching as Research (TAR). Involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement effective teaching and learning practices.
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Levels of Accomplishment
In addition to accessing local and international CIRTL events, you can work towards three recognized levels of accomplishment:
- Meet all course requirements for either UNIV600 (Spring) or UNIV601 (Fall)
- Attend 2 local teaching-related workshops on approved CIRTL list, plus a campus teaching institute.
- Participate in learning community by attending meetings
- Optional participation in a STEM education research journal club
• Written reflection on overall progress Teaching philosophy (UNIV601) or sample syllabus (UNIV600)
- Complete both UNIV600 (Spring) and UNIV-601 (Fall) – whichever one not completed.
- 2 additional workshops and an institute
- Help to set learning community agenda and plan activities
- Mentored TAR project (lesson study, or another form of action research)
- Participate in journal club
• Completed and refined teaching philosophy and sample syllabus
• Description of TAR project write-up or report
- Participate and complete research practicum UNIV667
- Co-facilitate workshops or new GTA orientation sessions
- Co-facilitate learning community and begin to take on leadership role
- More extensive mentored research project
- Continued participation in journal club
• Public presentation of project outside of local UD community