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The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network is a consortium of 22 research universities across the United States dedicated to enhancing "excellence in STEM undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.” This year’s recent forum focused on preparing STEM PhDs for the shifting priorities of higher education.

Auburn University is interested in applying to become a member of this distinctive network, which helps member institutions share resources and secure coveted NSF grants through learning communities, learning through diversity and teaching as research.

A meeting regarding Auburn’s potential application to the network will be held Friday, May 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 118 Science Center Classrooms. Rather than send out another survey, the steering committee has opted for a face-to-face meeting to collect ideas, concerns and gauge interest. Although the CIRTL Network focuses on STEM faculty and graduate students, joining is an institutional commitment, so all teaching faculty with interest in the process are welcome.

To learn more about the mission, pillars and member institutions of the CIRTL Network, go to this website.

If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to share your opinion, contact Diane Boyd at