Tufts University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI) in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, made possible by an $8 million gift from the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation. IRLI will be a cross-disciplinary enterprise focused on improving learning outcomes for university-level students. To further this work, the Institute will establish a new bridge professorship and recruit two tenure-track faculty members in the Schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences. IRLI will also support the work of current faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students focused on education research. While initial efforts will focus on STEM fields, IRLI plans to expand to include faculty and students from across the humanities and social sciences in future years. Read the IRLI press release.
IRLI is currently searching for its inaugural director. The inaugural director, who will report directly to the provost, will be a faculty member with a distinguished record of research and teaching in a science, math, or engineering field as well as in tertiary STEM education. The director will be expected to provide leadership in education across the university.