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November is here!
CIRTL Events for November:

Faculty Careers at Different Types of Institutions
November 4: 1PM ET/12PM CT/11AM MT/10AM PT
The first of three events in University of Texas at Arlington's CIRTLCast series on building a rewarding academic career 
A panel of STEM faculty from diverse higher education institutions will discuss faculty careers, focusing on educational and mentoring roles and how to be successful in these roles.
Guest moderator:
James Grover, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
Presenters:
Kenneth Abayan, Assistant Professor, Lone Star College
Shorna Allred, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Kendall T. Harris, Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department & Dean of the College of Engineering, Prairie View A & M University
Doug Timmer, Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Research, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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Women in STEM: Issues for Equity and Inclusion
November 11: 1PM ET/12PM CT/11AM MT/10AM PT
The first of three events in University of Texas at Arlington's CIRTLCast series on building a rewarding academic career
This CIRTLCast will engage participants in a discussion of research based strategies on inclusive pedagogy, engaging underrepresented students, and developing a growth mindset for students. This would also include the ideas of stereotype threat, unconscious bias, overt sexism, institutional barriers and other issues.
Presenters:
Ashanti Johnson, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Texas at Arlington
Carter Tiernan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
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Instructor Pedagogy and Student Attitudes
November 11: 3PM ET/2PM CT/1PM MT/12PM PT
Part of our monthly CIRTL Reads Journal Club, organized by University of Colorado Boulder
We will discuss how instructor pedagogy affects student attitudes toward mathematics, and STEM in general.
Discussant:
Ethan Peck, Lecturer In Discipline, Frontiers of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Article:
"The Impact of Instructor Pedagogy on College Calculus Students’ Attitude Toward Mathematics" in International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. Go to theCIRTL Reads Moodle page for article access. Don't have a Moodle account? Request one at www.cirtl.net/moodleaccount.
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Grading and Effective Feedback in the American System
November 12: 12PM ET/11AM CT/10AM MT/9AM PT
Part of our monthly Teaching in the US series, organized by University of Maryland, College Park
Figuring out how to grade fairly and accurately can be a challenge - all the more so for international TAs (ITAs) who aren't familiar with US culture. Join us to learn more about the American grading system, including strategies that can make grading less stressful and help you give meaningful feedback to your students.
Speakers:
Sabrina Kramer, Assistant Director, University of Maryland
Lijuan Shi, CIRTL Coordinator, University of Maryland
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Fall 2015 All-Network Mid-Project TAR Presentation Session
November 16: 4-5:30PM ET/3-4:30PM CT/2-3:30PM MT/1-2:30PM PT
A mid-project update from current TAR students
Every year, we showcase the innovative Teaching-As-Research (TAR) projects that students across the Network pursue in order to improve their STEM teaching. This session will feature current TAR students giving a mid-project update to the Network. In addition to helping TAR students refine their ideas, it's also a great way to introduce new CIRTL students to TAR. 
Please RSVP to attend at www.cirtl.net/11-16-MidProjectTAR-RSVP.
You can see the full list of presenters and read about their projects at www.cirtl.net/11-16-MidProjectTAR.
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Individual Development Plan Workshop
Hurry! Registration closes tomorrow, November 3
A special career development workshop on November 17
Join us for a special workshop on November 17 to learn how to conceptualize, draft, and act on your own Individual Development Plan (IDP). Having an IDP won't just help you stay on track to meet your professional goals, it can help you stand out to potential employers, too. A growing number of academic institutions expect their grad students and post-docs to have an IDP, and many federal agencies require their employees to have one, too.
Register for the workshop here: go.wisc.edu/bo28dw. Please note that the workshop will require some preparatory work before the 17th, and some wrap-up work afterwards.
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How To Balance Your Portfolio: Research Portfolios and the CIRTL Experience
November 18: 1PM ET/12PM CT/11AM MT/10AM PT 
The first of three events in University of Texas at Arlington's CIRTLCast series on building a rewarding academic career
Getting a job in a university, national laboratory or industry requires a strong research portfolio. This CIRTLCast will address the following issues (I) How to develop an engaging research portfolio (ii) Elements of a good research plan (iii) What do universities look for in a research portfolio and research plan (iv) What is the difference between a portfolio submitted to a university academic position versus one submitted for an industry position.
Presenters:
Pranesh Aswath, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Professor , Departments of Material Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
Wolfgang Kliemann, Associate Vice President for Research and Professor, Department of Mathematics, Iowa State University
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An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
September 28 - November 20
CIRTL's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Our MOOC just began its sixth week, and it's not too late to join! Enroll now to learn how you can improve your undergraduate STEM teaching from professors at Vanderbilt University, Boston University, and Michigan State University.
Enroll here: www.coursera.org/course/stemteaching.

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For more info go to: www.cirtl.net/events

Upcoming CIRTL Events:

Critical Thinking and Peer Instruction: Students Learning Together
​October 21, 2015: 1PM ET/12PM CT/11AM MT/10AM PT 
The second of three events in our CIRTLCast series on fostering critical thinking in the STEM classroom

Group work can be the many of so many students - and yet, when it's done well, it can push students to new levels of critical thinking. So how do you make that happen? Join us for a special CIRTLCast that leverages lessons from our MOOC to show how you can incorporate peer instruction into your STEM classes. Come ready to discuss! This session will be highly interactive.

Presenter:
Bennett Goldberg, Professor of Physics and Science Education and Director of STEM Education Initiatives, Boston University

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Teaching-As-Research Speaker Signup
Register by October 30 to present on November 16

Are you currently working on a Teaching-As-Research (TAR) project? Then you're invited to share your work at our mid-project presentation session! This is an excellent opportunity for presenters to meet other students in the midst of their TAR projects, to reflect and brainstorm on project hurdles, and to engage the entire CIRTL Network on your area of expertise.

Sign up to present here: go.wisc.edu/424x4t.

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Individual Development Plan Workshop Open for Registration
Register by November 3 to attend on November 17
A special professional development workshop

Join us for a special workshop on November 17 to learn how to conceptualize, draft, and act on your own Individual Development Plan (IDP). Having an IDP won't just help you stay on track to meet your professional goals, it can help you stand out to potential employers, too. A growing number of academic institutions expect their grad students and post-docs to have an IDP, and many federal agencies require their employees to have one, too.

Register for the workshop here: go.wisc.edu/bo28dw. Please note that the workshop will require some preparatory work before the 17th, and some wrap-up work afterwards.

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Upcoming CIRTL Courses: Fall 2015
REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND!!!

Sept 14 - Nov 9, 2015
Weekly Monday meetings
12:00-1:30 MT
Diversity in the College Classroom: Teaching the STEM Undergraduate

Sept 15 - Nov 3, 2015
Weekly Tuesday meetings
12:00-2:00 MT
Service-Learning in STEM Classrooms: Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice

Sept 17 - Dec 3, 2015
Biweekly Thursday meetings
12:00-1:00 MT
Creating Assessments and Evaluation Plans (Short Course) 

Sept 28 - Nov 20, 2015
Massive Open Online Course with asynchronous content hosted on Coursera
CIRTL MOOC: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

Registration closes September 2nd. Go to http://www.cirtl.net/upcomingcourses for more info and to register. 

This Week at CIRTL!

CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Management

TODAY! April 21, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Financially Inclusive Teaching and Advising
Many undergraduate institutions include students from a range of economic backgrounds and circumstances. Costs associated with individual courses and academic experiences can be challenging for some students to meet. Providing access to higher education doesn’t stop with providing financial aid and loans to cover tuition, it includes designing academic experiences with sensitivity to student financial abilities. This session will focus on principles to guide you and actions you can take as a teacher and advisor to consider and address financial hurdles your students may face in courses and other academic experiences. 

Presenters: 
A.T. Miller, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, Cornell University

William "Woodg" Horning, Associate Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Director, Student Opportunity Programs, Cornell University

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UPCOMING CIRTL COURSES: Summer 2015

CIRTL courses are an opportunity to engage in an interactive and synchronous or hybrid online learning experience with other students and instructors from across the CIRTL Network.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a STEM or SBE (social, behavioral, economic) field and from a CIRTL Network institution are given priority registration.

Summer 2015 Courses:

Basics of Online Learning and Teachinghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9351

Online Assignments in STEM Courses: A Practical Guidehttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9352

Johns Hopkins Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/JHU

University of Colorado at Boulder Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/CUB

Registration opens April 20
www.cirtl.net/upcoming courseshttp://www.cirtl.net/upcomingcourses

Please e-mail registration@cirtl.net<mailto:registration@cirtl.net> with any questions or concerns about the CIRTL courses.

Basics of Online Learning and Teachinghttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9051
June 7 - August 2, 2015
Jeff Engler, University of Alabama
Judy Milton, University of Georgia

Course Summary
The CIRTL Basics of Online Learning & Teaching course is designed to help you (graduate students and postdocs new to teaching online) learn how to design and run an effective online course. After an initial synchronous session, there will be 6 weekly, asynchronous modules about effective online pedagogy, each involving approximately 6 hours of readings and assignments. This will be followed by several weeks of project work time, which will lead to the development of materials for an online course you plan to teach in the future. A subsequent synchronous component will explore teaching with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software, and will provide an opportunity for further peer review of your course materials.

Online Assignments in STEM Courses: A Practical Guidehttp://www.cirtl.net/node/9352
Tuesday 5/19, 5/26, 6/9, and 6/23, 12-1:15 ET/ 11-12:15 CT/ 10-11:15 MT/ 9-10:15 PT
Vicki Roth, University of Rochester
Patrick Padadopulos, University of Rochester

Course Summary
Many of us don't have especially fond memories of completing our problem sets as students. Now, as instructors or TAs, we are often strapped for time in setting up or grading them well. A response to these concerns has been the emergence of online homework or assignment systems for a range of STEM disciplines. These systems have distinct advantages: well-stocked problem libraries, the generation of individualized assignments, immediate feedback to students, and the freeing up of instructor and TA time. This four-lesson short course is intended to provide a highly practical guide to the best uses of these systems.

Johns Hopkins Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/JHU
Wednesday, May 27 - Friday, May 29
Richard Shingles, Johns Hopkins University
Additional faculty TBA

This three-day intensive in-person workshop, led by experienced Johns Hopkins University faculty, has been designed to address common themes and challenges in teaching and education at the post-secondary level. Through faculty presentations and group work, you will learn about innovations and research in undergraduate education. Faculty will share teaching methods that help define learning objectives and engage students in active problem-solving and discussion. The teaching artifacts you develop will become part of your teaching statement and teaching portfolio. See the institute themes and outcomes at http://go.wisc.edu/m51l49http://www.cer.jhu.edu/graduatestudents/2015%20JHU%20STI%202-Pg%20FINAL.pdf

University of Colorado at Boulder Summer Teaching Institutehttp://www.cirtl.net/sum2015/CUB
Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31, 12 - 4:30 MT
Jean Hertzberg, University of Colorado at Boulder
Rique Campa, Michigan State University

This summer, the Teaching Institute for Graduate Education Research (TIGER) will hold the third annual in-person Summer Teaching as Research Institute for Post-docs in Engineering (STRIPE) workshop. STRIPE is a one-week summer institute for postdoctoral fellows in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in which they will apply engineering principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development and utilize access to relevant literature and techniques. 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 discus in their faculty job interviews. All STEM fields are welcome.

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This week at CIRTL:

Want to learn more about the fundamentals of investing? Join us for this week's CIRTLCast!http://cirtl.net/events

Read and discuss! April brings the final session of the CIRTL Reads Journal Club for the 2014-2015 academic year. Join the discussion!http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014

CIRTLCast Series: Personal Financial Managementhttp://cirtl.net/events

TODAY! April 7, 2015 - 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT

Investment Basics: Saving for Your Life Goals
As you start to accumulate money to fund your future goals, do you know how and where to best put that money to work? Just placing your money in a savings account will not cut it as taxes and inflation will quickly erode your buying power. The world of investing can be extremely intimidating, and the messages we hear from the media, our family and friends can be confusing. This session will focus on basic investment fundamentals. By the end of the session, you will be able to describe the building blocks of an investment portfolio in relation to your tolerance for risk and your investment time horizon.

Presenter: Paul Strebel, Co-founder, Strebel Planning Group and Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

CIRTL Reads Journal Clubhttp://cirtl.net/events

Wednesday, April 8: 3 ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT

A Teaching Strategy with a Focus on Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Students' Ability to Read Research Articleshttp://cirtl.net/events
Join us for this month's session of CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. April's selection is "A Teaching Strategy with a Focus on Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Students' Ability to Read Research Articles" (Van Lacuum, E.B., M. Ossevoort, M. Goedhart, 2014). All are welcome!

Visit www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014http://www.cirtl.net/cirtlreads2014 for article details.
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