Resources for Educators

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) 

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) seeks to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. CIRTL was founded in 2003 as a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

The CIRTL Network offers online events and resources for educators who want to enhance excellence in undergraduate education by implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners. More information on the events and resources that they offer can be found on their website.

Please note that in order to access these events and resources, you will need to create an online account through CIRTL. Creating an account is free, but after creating an account you will need to activate it and this activation email may end up in your "Junk Mail" folder.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are pleased to be co-sponsors of an institutional membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.
The NCFDD is an on-line organization that provides accessible professional development for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Anyone affiliated with our college can access the numerous free resources. These resources are part of our membership, but you must register. You can register here or by following the directions below.  
  • The Monday Motivator-weekly message to encourage your writing and research whether you are working on a dissertation, an article or a grant.
  • FREE webinars-featuring guest experts.  Topics include
    • Building a Publishing Pipeline: Concrete Strategies for Increasing Your Writing Productivity
  • FREE Multi-Week Courses (archived)
    • How to Navigate the Academic Job Market
    • Teaching in No Time: How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Semester
    • How to Win an NIH Grant
  • The discussion forum a place where you can network virtually with others
  • Members only library of webinars with downloads. Topical areas include:
    • Academic Publishing
    • Diversity
    • External Funding
    • Job Search Advice
    • Teaching
    • Writing and Research Productivity
    • Work-life Balance
    • Incivility on Campus
    • How to Be a Public Intellectual

PowerPoint Template for Accessible Presentations

Create effective and accessible PowerPoint slides using these template slides provided by the University. This sample presentation contains slide templates with instructions and examples that will enable you to create slides that are accessible, on brand, and incorporate design and presentation best practices. For example, did you know that to create slides that are accessible to some people who are visually impaired you should use a font size of 30 or larger? Check out the slides for more tips! Download here or at

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How to activate your institutionally sponsored NCFDD membership:
  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity websiteCFAES Students Resized
  2. Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Individual Membership.”
  3. On the Individual Membership page select “Click Here”
  4. On the “Select Your Member Type” page, select “Institutional Sub-Account,” and
  5. On the “Select a Username” page use your institution issued e-mail address in the Username box
  6. Complete the registration process
  7. You will receive a welcome e-mail at that e-mail address within 24 business hours confirming that your account is now active, and you can begin fully using your new NCFDD membership.