Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER)

Since 2006, the Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER) has worked to enhance the creative synergy that exists between graduate student teaching and research.  TIGER's goal is to show graduate students who aspire to be future faculty members how to utilize their disciplinary knowledge and research experience to develop innovative teaching practices for undergraduate education.

TIGER supports graduate education research through the following activities:TIGER in Grad Cap

  • TIGER Workshops highlight issues in teaching and learning in STEM fields.
  • TIGER Design and Development (DAD) supports experienced graduate students to develop discipline-specific pedagogy courses for their departments, (Scroll down for more details).
  • TIGER TARGET program brings together faculty and students in College of Engineering to study aspects of teaching and learning within engineering. Together, these teams will use the familiar tools of research in their field to study teaching and learning in their discipline. The TIGER TARGET program is an expansion of the TIGER Teaching-as-Research program, and is an initiative to include undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs and faculty members.  For graduate students/post-docs, TIGER TARGET program can provide an opportunity for you to gain experience using modern teaching methods and prepare you for your future job. This project could count towards your Preparing Future Faculty Project for the Professional Development Certificate in Preparing Future Faculty. More information about this certification can be found here!  To apply:  http://cirtlatcuboulder.wordpress.com/
  • TIGER Teaches supports TIGER TAR and TIGER DAD participants, providing them with the opportunity to interact with members of the TIGER Team and other TIGER TAR and DAD fellows, receive feedback on their projects, and establish a sense of community. (Scroll down for more details).
  • GTP offers two $500 STEM research awards per calendar year.

What are TAR Projects?

Treating teaching as a research investigation into student learning, STEM graduate students design and implement small-scale, classroom-oriented, funded projects to investigate ways of improving undergraduate education.  Graduate students use their own disciplinary knowledge and experience to identify possible areas to improve classroom activities, labs or lectures.   In the process, the graduate student learns more of the creative synergy that exists between the realms of teaching and research, using funding to improve student teaching.

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What is TIGER DAD?

STEM graduate students involved in TIGER DAD receive funding to design or redevelop college pedagogy courses for their departments, in order to educate new graduate students on how to be effective, creative educators in their discipline.  TIGER DAD participants will design a course proposal in collaboration with a faculty mentor who can guide them on discipline-specific pedagogical questions. The TIGER Team provides critical feedback over the course of the project to ensure the proposed course integrated teaching as research parallels STEM practices.

Create a TIGER DAD Project

What is TIGER Teaches?

TIGER Teaches involves small-group or individual meetings of TIGER TAR and DAD project participants with the TIGER Team.  During these 30 – 60 minute meetings, TIGER Teaches attendees function as a “learning community,” providing critical feedback on project proposals, practical advice on the execution of TAR or DAD projects, and discussion on how to successfully integrate the CIRTL pillars into projects.  Most importantly, TIGER Teaches guides graduate students through the Institutional Review Board approval process to enable research with human subjects.

CIRTL Pillars

TIGER Advisory Board

The TIGER Advisory Board guides the development of the TIGER/CIRTL Initiative on the CU-Boulder campus.

  • Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Faculty Director and Co-PI, TIGER/CIRTL Initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Laura Border
    Director, Graduate Teacher Program and PI, TIGER/CIRTL Initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jennifer Knight
    Senior Instructor, MCDB
  • Valerie Otero
    Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Jacquelyn Sullivan
    Co-Director, ITL Laboratory, College of Engineering and Applied Science Professor, Civil Engineering 
    Env & Arch Engineering
  • Bill Wood
    Professor, MCDB