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Cornell University Receives Grant That Will Help Graduate Students Improve Teaching
Cornell University had been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to increase opportunities for graduate students to become future teaching scholars. The grant will fund the 21st Century Graduate Teaching and Research Scholars Program that will build upon Cornell’s Graduate Teaching Certificate Initiative, also funded by the Teagle Foundation.
According to Barbra Knuth, vice provost and Graduate School Dean, "Cornell University is in a strong position to work toward the goal of educating future teaching scholars given the partnerships and expertise that we have through several offices on campus, the active engagement of our graduate faculty in preparing future faculty, and through our membership in the national network for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning". Graduate students in the 21st Century Graduate Teaching and Research Scholars Program will experience various elements of existing teaching and learning programs, including: Cornell’s Graduate School, Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of Academic Diversity Initiates, and Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).
This summer, students will participate in a new Teaching as Research Institute, where they will create graduate teaching projects that focus on different educational practices, such as engaged learning. Students will also get the chance to write and submit a paper of their research to a new graduate student paper series. They will take two courses: Teaching in Higher Education and Teaching as Research, as well as receive a Certificate in High Impact Teaching and Learning for graduate students.
Cornell’s new program, the 21st Century Graduate Teaching and Research Scholars Program, will promote graduate students to become excellent teaching scholars through opportunities that parallel the mission of the CIRTL Network.