Spring 2019 CIRTL Network Offerings



Getting Ready To Teach in the American Classroom: Building Rapport and Effective Communication Skills 

Wednesday, February 6 at 2-3:30PM ET

This workshop will be a facilitated case study discussion–Compensation Strategies to Improve Communication–and will focus on strategies to build rapport with students early in the semester and throughout teaching a course. Sources of miscommunication between students and instructors will be investigated in order to provide participants with tangible strategies to increase effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) with others in and out of the classroom.


Writing a Diversity Statement 

This workshop has two online sessions: 12-1:30PM ET on Tuesday, February 12 and 19.

Employers are increasingly asking candidates to supply a diversity statement as part of their application. This session covers the essential elements of composing this important document. Starting with individual reflection on topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity, participants will draw upon personal and professional experiences to begin writing their story. We will discuss how inclusive teaching practices can be incorporated into the diversity statement. Participants will learn strategies for highlighting initiatives they have lead or participated in that focus on underrepresented students, working towards equity, and/or enhancing diversity. Examples may include professional development, creation of an inclusive learning community, student retention or outreach work, organizations and non-profits, and activities related to mentoring, research, committees, and teaching. For advanced students and postdocs, time will be spent showing examples of diversity statements and discussing how to incorporate the diversity statement into interview answers. It is never too early to begin working on a diversity statement, so special insight will be provided to new graduate students, regarding goal setting and identifying ways to engage with diversity efforts at their home institution. 


Teaching with Technology

Thursday, February 28 at 1-2:30PM ET

Technology can help us increase teaching effectiveness and student learning. This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of digital tools to engage students in learning. Examples of digital tools are blogs and wikis, collaborative space, audio-video, social media, and mobile applications.



Drop-In Events


All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations

Wednesday, April 17 at 5-6:30PM ET

Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online presentation session. TAR projects investigate questions about teaching and learning, including assessing the effectiveness of specific learning activities and tools, examining the learning process about a specific topic, or characterizing the student experience in the classroom. 


Exploring Careers in Teaching at a Community College

Thursdays 1/31, 2/28 & 4/11: 1-2:30PM ET

In this three-part series, you will learn from panels of current community college faculty about the joys and challenges of teaching at a community college, the broad diversity of students in their courses and how that enhances learning, and the ins/outs of finding a full-time teaching position at a community college. Each panel will have a community college faculty member from California, Texas, and Iowa so that the conversation takes into account how community college education varies across the country. The panels will take questions from future faculty. This series is organized through CIRTL’s NSF INCLUDES Alliance Aspire: National Alliance for an Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, as part of the regional collaborative initiatives.