ON-TRAC / CIRTL Network
- Advance your teaching skills
- Improve your academic career opportunities
- Earn certification in STEM teaching at three levels
ON-TRAC offers many opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to learn best practices in STEM undergraduate education. Evidence of high-quality teacher preparation is increasingly valuable in the academic community. ON-TRAC offers certification at three levels, and each level has specific workshops and projects that students complete to demonstrate competence in the principles of the CIRTL Network. ON-TRAC and CIRTL Network participants acquire a specialized knowledge and deliverables that can be shared with future employers. Additionally, certification earned will be noted on graduate students' transcripts.
Get ON-TRAC. Advancing teaching knowledge and skills in STEM education.
The Organizational Network for Teaching as Research Advancement and Collaboration (ON-TRAC) is one of 22 institutional programs collaborating to improve STEM education in the United States. As a member of the NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network, the UT Arlington ON-TRAC program provides programming, workshops, funding, and certification to support graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners.
The Value of Teaching
Teaching as Research
Teaching-as-Research involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance learning outcomes of students and teachers. ON-TRAC participants develop effective teaching strategies for diverse learners. Although teaching and learning in STEM disciplines is emphasized, students and post-docs in other disciplines are welcome to take advantage of available programming.
Learning Communities support and validate growth in teaching and learning. Consisting of academics in a variety disciplines, career stages, age groups, genders, races, and ethnicities, Learning Communities give participants regular access to a diverse pool of mentors. This collaboration helps participants effectively meet challenges in 21st-century classrooms. Learning Community meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month. Signup for ON-TRAC updates to receive meeting and event information.
Learning Through Diversity
The principles of teaching, learning, and diversity are intertwined; how we teach and what students learn is a product of the varied experiences, backgrounds, and skills of both the teacher and learner. Effective teaching recognizes this and capitalizes on these differences to enrich and inform the learning environment. ON-TRAC participants are committed to developing and instituting equitable learning environments that promote the success of diverse learners.