UMBC was pleased to join the CIRTL Network in 2016. Our graduate students and post-docs will benefit from access to workshops and courses and our contributions to the network. Becoming part of the CIRTL Network has provided a common bond among our various initiatives to produce future faculty who understand education innovations and diversity initiatives. This formalized structure to establish baseline competencies in these areas will allow members of our local “Learning Community” to become practitioners, associates, and scholars in integrating research, teaching, and learning. CIRTL is an integral part of our PROMISE umbrella – our hub for graduate student and postdoctoral development.

If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar interested in an academic career, CIRTL might benefit you! This is a nationally recognized certification program that enhances your practice and your CV.

Getting Started:

Please go to CIRTL.net and choose any event or course from the events section to register. Click on Register and then select UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and fill in your details, and you are good to go.


  1. For UMBC students and Staff, it is suggested to use the UMBC Email address if asked.
  2. In a step toward simplification, user accounts will no longer be required to access event details and register for courses, workshops, or events. Graduate students and postdocs from CIRTL Member Institutions will still receive priority registration for all cross-Network events.

What does CIRTL Network Offer?

Check here for interactive, synchronous, online learning experiences for graduate students and post-docs from CIRTL Network universities around the country. CIRTL Cross Network Courses

In addition to the courses, there are opportunities to participate in other CIRTL Cross Network Events ranging from CIRTLCasts to workshops to the Teaching-As-Research (TAR) Capstone Series.

CIRTL Massive Open Online Courses

  • Course 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is an open, online course designed to provide future STEM faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. The eight-week course aims to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach.
  • Course 2: Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching will provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who are planning college and university faculty careers with an introduction to “teaching as research”—the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies, the research that supports them, and how to collect, analyze, and act upon their evidence of student learning.

Resources & Quick Links

  1. UMBC is a member of the CIRTL Network. Please develop a profile, and log in to access the resources. https://www.cirtl.net/
  2. The following link has a playlist of recently recorded workshops on effective online teaching: CIRTL Network.
  3. UMBC Promise can be visited at https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/home and https://gspd.umbc.edu/promise/.If you have questions, please contact promise@umbc.edu.