Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER)

TIGER ImgThe Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER) works with graduate students to enhance the quality of their teaching and prepare them for future leadership roles through workshops, annual training events, and the development of “teaching-as-research” (TAR) projects. TIGER workshops offer teacher training and professional development strategies in accordance with the core ideas of the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. Annual training events like Research on Academic Retention (ROAR) provide in-depth training on timely topics in teaching and learning. Through TAR projects, we show graduate students how to establish creative synergy between their research and teaching through the development of small-scale classroom assessment projects. Recently, TIGER expanded its scope through the development of Teaching-as-Research in Arts and Humanities (TARAH) projects to improve classroom teaching and student learning.

We recently completed an edited volume, "Teaching-as-Research Projects at CU Boulder: A Volume of Projects done by the Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research," which contains selected Teaching-as-Research projects conducted at CU Boulder during the last seven years.  The volume can be found by clicking here: TAR Edited Volume

If you have any questions regarding TIGER, please contact Dr. Adam Blanford, TIGER Coordinator, at gtptiger@colorado.edu.

Please see below for a full list of TIGER activities. 



TIGER supports graduate education research through the following activities:

TIGER Workshops

TIGER Workshops highlight issues of teaching, learning, and professional development in STEM fields.

View our TIGER Workshops

TIGER Teaches

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.


CIRTL Pillars

TIGER Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects

TAR Projects are funded to allow graduate students to study teaching practices in the classroom.

More About TAR Projects

TIGER Design and Development (DAD)

TIGER DAD supports experienced graduate students to develop discipline-specific pedagogy courses for their departments.


TIGER Diversity on Campus (DOC)

TIGER DOC training is designed to help CU Boulder graduate teachers (TAs, RAs, and GPTIs) incorporate diversity and inclusion into their classroom environments and be prepared to enter a diverse teaching and workforce environment. Because TIGER DOC is supported currently on an NSF grant and subcontract from the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching Learning (CIRTL), the focus of the training will be on teaching in the STEM disciplines. Thus, CU Boulder science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), sociology and anthropology graduate students are invited to participate. Graduate students from other departments may participate, and are welcome, if space allows. Participation is limited to 20 graduate students.

More info on TIGER CU Diversity on Campus


The 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 at the certificates page!

Apply for TARGET

TIGER Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (formerly STRIPE)

TIGER EBIT (formerly STRIPE), developed through NSF CIRTL funding, builds on the CIRTL core ideas—learning-through-diversity, learning communities, and teaching-as-research—to promote development of future STEM faculty in teaching and learning. The 4-hour per day, 5-day workshop will include educational research techniques, CIRTL topics, and seminal engineering education research findings. Open to post-docs and brand new faculty at any institution with or without prior significant teaching experience. Participants will complete a genuine teaching and learning experience to discuss in their faculty job interviews. All STEM fields are welcome. 

More about EBIT