CIRTL@CU [Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning at CU Boulder] is a valued resource funded by the Graduate School that is open to all CU Boulder graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.  CIRTL@CU is part of a national network of nearly 40 universities whose mission is to improve higher education by providing community and resources for the professional development of future academics. CIRTL@CU’s philosophy is that teaching, like research, is a scholarly activity built on three principles; Teaching-as-Research (TAR): using research to inform teaching and teaching to advance research, Learning Communities: bringing people together for shared learning, discovery, and generation of knowledge, and Learning-Through-Diversity: capitalizing on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among students and faculty to enhance the learning of all.

Preparing future faculty who are both excellent researchers and excellent teachers is a critical core mission of doctoral universities.  For this reason, CU Boulder joined the CIRTL Network in 2006 and is a contributing member of CIRTL working to build a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that is committed to advancing effective teaching and learning practices for all students. The CIRTL@CU co-leaders are Dr. Kirk Ambrose, Professor of Art History and Director, Center for Teaching & Learning and Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, assisted by Graduate Teacher Program staff member Preston Cumming.

If you are not part of CIRTL@CU start by going to the CIRTL Network and registering. This will provide free access to an array of professional development courses, seminars and workshops as well as a listing of current employment opportunities. 

Quick Links

CIRTL Workshops/Events

CIRTL Network

CIRTL Registration

If you have questions or need more information contact Preston Cumming via email at and put CIRTL in the subject line.