CIRTL Membership

Learn about UI CIRTL membership and the CIRTL certificate levels.  All UI grad students and post-docs are eligible.

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National CIRTL Training

The national CIRTL network offers courses, workshops, and events designed to help improve your teaching. 

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Teaching as Research

Design a research project to investigate an aspect of your teaching and work toward completion of your CIRTL Practitioner Certificate

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Back to Class with Evidence-Based Practices

Learn innovative, evidence-based teaching techniques from Iowa faculty through our weekly CIRTL-sponsored webinar series.

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CIRTL at Iowa

The Center for the Integration of Teaching, Research & Learning helps graduate students and post-doctoral scholars learn effective teaching practice by focusing on three core ideas:

  • Teaching as Research
  • Learning Through Diversity
  • Learning Communities


CIRTL was established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation . It’s mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.  The UI is among 38 current member institutions throughout the US and Canada.  CIRTL at UI is open to graduate students and post-docs from any academic discipline who want to improve their teaching, promote inclusive teaching, assess student progress, and use their research skills to advance their teaching practice.   

Meet the CIRTL Team

CIRTL Coordinator

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CIRTL Institutional Leader

Darren, Hoffman

Darren Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Administrative Co-Leader
Jennifer Teitle
Jennifer Teitle, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
Supervises the Graduate College’s student services and helps campus integrate professional development into existing graduate curriculum