Be part of the Tiered Mentoring Program!

Kate Stuart
September 21, 2016
Posted in Announcements

The CIRTL (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) is recruiting graduate students and post docs in STEM fields to participate in the Tiered Mentoring Program (TMP). CIRTL is based on three pillars: Teaching as Research (TAR), Learning Communities, and Learning-through-diversity.  Participation in TMP allows for the development of learning communities and learning-through-diversity.  TMP specifically aims to enhance the development of women and minority future faculty, but welcomes anyone interested in participating. TMP creates cohorts comprised of senior faculty members, junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of STEM programs across Vanderbilt.  Cohorts meet monthly to discuss topics such as self-presentation in the classroom, documenting teaching effectiveness, establishing relationships with undergraduate and graduate student mentees, time management, and self-advocacy. Additionally, participants will meet with their peer group across all cohorts. 

In addition, graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to participate in the Teaching as Research program (TAR) (the third CIRTL pillar).  TAR involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers. Planning for the TAR project takes place in Fall Semester and implementation takes place in Spring Semester. TAR projects can be accomplished through activities such as classroom teaching or the development of learning communities.  Completed TAR projects are presented during a university wide presentation in May.  Additionally, completed TAR projects could be presented and published for a conference or published in academic journal. 

The commitment to the TMP this program is a monthly meeting with the TMP cohort and the peer group.  If you are interested, please download and fill out the application located here ( and email it to Jean Alley (jean.alley@Vanderbilt.Edu).