Research & Scholarship

Teacher. Scholar. At Wellesley, it’s not an either-or proposition.

After all, those who seek to nurture academic excellence must be motivated by intellectual inquisitiveness themselves. Wellesley's commitment to academic distinction shines through the caliber of our faculty. Our students have the rare opportunity to learn from elite scholars and researchers whose love of teaching illuminates the classroom and undergraduate experience. Teachers like Orit Shaer are exploring new human-computer interaction techniques, while poet Frank Bidart won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and a National Book Award, and Kathy Moon is a much sought-after expert on North Korea. In the sciences, humanities, or social sciences, Wellesley faculty are doing fascinating and significant research, often bringing their students on the journey.

Internal Resources

While recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching, Wellesley also supports its faculty’s scholarly activities with a range of internal research grant opportunities, ranging from small travel-related grants to large research grants for two-year projects. There are also field-specific grant opportunities, such as the Davis Award, which supports faculty research for Russian Area Studies, as well as awards to help with dissertation activities or defray the costs of the use of Harvard’s Widener Library.

Time, too, is a resource Wellesley accords its faculty members, an investment with direct benefits to faculty and students alike.

External Resources

Faculty seeking external research monies can turn to the Office of Sponsored Research, which supports faculty members in all disciplines by compiling and organizing information on appropriate sources of external research grant and fellowship funding. The office works with faculty to prepare grant proposals and budgets, and the director serves as a liaison to faculty on responsibilities relating to grant administration and regulatory compliance.

Wellesley Centers for Women

Researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women have informed policy makers, practitioners, and the public on critical social issues facing women, children, and families since 1974. Student interns and work-study students contribute to WCW's influential reach.