Committee on Educational Research & Development

I. Types of Awards

A. General Course Grant

  • Purpose : To support the development of a new departmental course, including first-year seminars and labs, or to revise or support an existing departmental course.
  • Allowable expenditures : Research assistance for course development; the purchase of materials for course development and instructional activities; activity-related expenses required for course development and instructional activities; training or support in instructional technology. Grants may not be used for student or faculty entertainment.
  • Normally, there is a $1000 maximum for requests to purchase books or audiovisual materials.
  • Deadlines : 9/22/14, 11/10/14, 2/9/15, and 4/13/15

B. Pedagogical Travel Grant

  • Purpose : To support travel to conferences specifically related to teaching, or to support participation in a workshop or class related to the subject you teach.
  • Allowable expenditures : Please follow travel expenditure guidelines listed under Guidelines on Awards to Faculty for Scholarly Activities.
  • Deadlines : 9/22/14, 11/10/14, 2/9/15, and 4/13/15

C. Experimental Course Grant

  • Purpose : To support the development of experimental courses with innovative subject matter and/or pedagogy. Courses should fall outside of departmental offerings, but may support interdisciplinary programs or represent emerging areas of study. See listing for examples of previously-funded experimental courses.
  • Allowable expenditures : See I.A. and I.B.
  • Deadline: 11/10/14 (any applications received after this date will be rolled over to the following academic year).

D. Team Taught Experimental Course Grant

  • Purpose : To support the development of team taught experimental courses with innovative subject matter and/or pedagogy. Courses should fall outside of departmental offerings, but may support interdisciplinary programs or represent emerging areas of study. Teaching replacement units (up to 2 per course to be determined by the Provost's Office in accordance with staffing needs) will be awarded to the departments/programs of the faculty involved. Each course will count as a full unit of teaching credit for both faculty members involved. Faculty will have the option of using the SEQ or developing their own course evaluation instrument. See listing for examples of previously-funded team taught experimental courses.
  • Allowable expenditures : See I.A. and I.B.
  • Deadline: 12/1/14 (any applications received after this date will be rolled over to the following academic year).

E. "Quick-Fix" Grants

  • Purpose : These grants fund projects for amounts of $400 or less. There are no deadlines for these types of grants.
  • Allowable expenditures : See I.A. and I.B.
  • Deadline: Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Requests should be sent directly to the chair of ER&D.

II. Guidelines

  • Up to $3,000 per instructor per year is available for General and Pedagogical Travel Grants. Up to $7,500 per course is available for Experimental Course Grants. Up to $5,000 per course is available for Team Taught Experimental Course Grants. (Experimental Grants count towards the $3,000 per instructor per year allotment).
  • All instructional faculty may apply.
  • If funds are requested for a new course , please indicate in the body of your email that your department has approved the course and "cc:" your department chair when you send the application.
  • We encourage applicants to exhaust alternative campus funding before applying, and to seek complementary funding when appropriate.
    • Proposals requesting computer hardware or software should first be presented via email to Heather Woods (Director, Research & Instructional Support).
    • Proposals requesting films, CDs, books, interactive media, and other, one-time library purchases should first be presented to Ian Graham (Director of Library Collections). Upon project completion, all such materials should be given to the Clapp Library for general use.
    • Proposals requesting funds for guest lectures should consider applying to the Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events.
    • In the case of Pedagogical Travel Grants, faculty should also make use of their standard Grants for Travel to Professional or Scholarly Meetings (see I.B. under Guidelines on Awards to Faculty for Scholarly Activities).
  • When the sums applied for exceed the funds available for making awards, the Committee will ordinarily give preference to those who have not previously received such grants. Ordinarily no retroactive awards are made.
  • The Committee does not fund repeated activities. It funds only the first occurrence of a particular activity. For future occurrences of the same activity, faculty should seek alternative sources of funding.
  • Awards are not guaranteed, and funds are limited. The Committee favors applicants that:
    1. adhere to guidelines and meet deadlines (late applications will be rolled over to the next award period);
    2. provide lucid and specific explanations of how the grant funds will improve courses and instruction at Wellesley College;
    3. propose activities that will benefit more than a small number of students;
    4. demonstrate that alternative funding sources are either exhausted or unavailable; and
    5. have not already received Committee funding for similar activities.

III. Applications

  • All applications must include the Application Form and the information requested therein. Applications should be submitted as a single Microsoft Word or PDF file, titled with the applicant's last name.
  • Please email applications to erd@wellesley.edu
  • Please direct questions about applications to the Committee chair: Stella Kakavouli (Computer Science). Please direct questions about payment of grant funds to Mary Pat Navins.

2014-15 Roster

Alla Epsteyn
Jenny Johnson
Stella Kakavouli, chair
Peggy Levitt
Francesca Southerden
Akila Weerapana
Michael Wiest

Student Representatives:
Anne Shen

 
APGAR AWARD
The Educational Research and Development Committee is happy to announce the Apgar Prize, awarded each year for teaching excellence. Endowed by Anne Nelson Apgar '70, the prize is meant to recognize a faculty member who motivates students' interest, curiosity, and love of learning; proposes and applies new teaching concepts and methods; and serves as a mentor to stimulate students' intellectual development. Based upon proposals for new and experimental courses, ER&D selects a winner, who receives a plaque.
The winners of the Apgar Prize for 2013-14 are Lee Cuba and Anne Brubaker, for SOC 307/WRIT 307:  Learning by Giving: Nonprofit Organizations and American Cities in the Twenty-first Century.