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Workshops & Gatherings

We host a variety of workshops and gatherings to create a space for Northwestern University educators to continue their learning about evidence-based teaching practices and to build community.

Learn more about the most common types of events we host on this page and visit our calendar to find out about upcoming events and registration information.

Interactive Workshops

Grounded in scholarly research with pragmatic strategies, focusing on timely issues, interspersed with active engagement.


Efficient and engaging presentations to spark instructor curiosity around topics relevant to contemporary teaching contexts.

Learn more about Sparkshops

Teaching Statement Workshops

Opportunities to reflect on teaching philosophy, generate illustrations, and develop a cogent statement.

Teaching-as-Research Workshops

CIRTL at Northwestern workshops designed to engage STEM and social science graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in using their research skills to design research questions to evaluate teaching and learning in their disciplines. 

Informational Sessions

Drop-in events for STEM and social science graduate students and postdoctoral trainees around the core CIRTL values: learning communities, learning-through-diversity, and teaching-as-research. Events happen bi-annually, once in fall and spring.

Learn more about CIRTL at Northwestern 


Casual conversations about and celebrations of learning and teaching.

Affinity Groups

Logistical and programming support for campus partners and individuals who want to build community among instructors with shared identities. 

Learn more about affinity groups