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Job Announcement: Assistant Director of Graduate Diversity

The University of Rochester is looking to fill a position for an Assistant Director of Graduate Diversity, who will serve as the primary recruitment and retention specialist for graduate students of color in Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester. Read More »

Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom CIRTLCast

Join our CIRTLCast this week, Scientific Writing in STEM Classes as a Cognitive Apprenticeship. Professors Penny Hirsch and Rob Linsenmeier of Northwestern University discuss best practices for teaching your undergraduate students scientific writing. 

Active Learning Activities for Your STEM Course

Dr. Richard Shingles of Johns Hopkins University will present on practical tips on developing active learning activities in your large STEM class! Instructors of large enrollment classes will learn about ways in which to implement active learning in the lecture hall. Read More »

Join the NSF Graduate Education Discussion Forum

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Education Forum invites you to participate in an online discussion among students, faculty, and other stakeholders about the challenges in graduate education and innovation to improve outcomes. See the moderated discussion topics and join the conversation at

Job Announcement: Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service

The Educational Testing Service has openings for Research Scientists at all levels in their Center for Advanced Psychometrics, located in Princeton, NJ. The newly established research and development team focuses on educational assessments focused on current educational patterns. Successful candidates will be conducting research on multi-sensory data, advances in computer vision, cognitive science, and more to building educational assessment models. Read More »

Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom CIRTLCast

Dr. Michael Peshkin of Northwesternwill describe his successful implementation of active learning in his course teaching electronics using a portable "lab-in-a-backpack" and real prototyping. Join the session at for ideas on how to implement build activities in your own course.

Job Announcement: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Biology and Chemistry

The University of California invites applications for post-doctoral Teaching Fellows in Biology and Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz. These positions are part of a project funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to transform teaching and learning in the undergraduate science curriculum. Successful candidates will help to develop new introductory level courses in these disciplines. See the full position listing at

Educational Innovation & the Active Classroom CIRTLCast

The CIRTLCast series is back with a new topic for January and February: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom!  Dr. Ron Yaros of the University of Maryland's Phillip Merril College of Journalism will present on how to effectively manage tech distractions in the classroom. Come hear about best techniques for turning handheld devices from distractions to learning aids! 

TAR Clicker Research by A. Hoekstra Published

Angel Hoekstra (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2010) has received confirmation that her paper, “Because You Don’t Realize How Many People Have Different Experiences Than You: Effects Of Clicker Use For Class Discussions In Sociology” will be published in Teaching Sociology in January 2015. Partially funded by a CIRTL Teaching-as-Research grant, Dr. Hoekstra’s data suggest student response systems (clickers) can be used to enhance class discussions by supporting engagement, participation, and the building of empathy for diverse perspectives. Read More »

CIRTL Reads Journal Club

Join us this month at CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. December's selection is "Women Engineering Students and Self-Efficacy: A Multi-Year, Multi-Institution Study of Women Engineering Student Self-Efficacy" (Marra, R.M., K.A. Rodgers, D. Shen, B. Bogue, 2009).