Committee on Educational Research & Development

Greetings~

As the entire community is aware, the ongoing pandemic caused an unprecedented (and unbudgeted) shift to hybrid/remote instruction for the Fall terms and potentially the entire 2020-21 academic year. The need to identify funding for the costs associated with this shift was urgent and immediate. In an effort to mitigate any negative financial impact at the department level, ER&D funds were designated, for this academic year, to financially support this shift. This decision continues to fulfill the objective of the Committee and its' funds, which is to provide faculty and their students the necessary resources to further develop their pedagogy and support new or ongoing course development simultaneously and on a much larger scale. As a result, some of the Committee's usual programs have been suspended, but there will still be support for quick fix grants and for assessment-related activies (see below). 

With best wishes for a successful academic year!

The Educational Research & Development Committee

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Welcome to the Educational Research & Development Committee

The Educational Research & Development (ER&D) Committee is a multi-constituency committee made up of faculty, students, and administrative staff. The committee receives and considers proposals for new educational programs and makes grants in support of pedagogical initiatives and innovation. The committee also assists departments and programs in the development and implementation of assessment activities, as requested.

Award Applications

For AY20-21, the ER&D Committee will be unable to consider and approve applications for pedagogical travel, or for general, experimental, or team-taught course grants. We will continue to accept “quick fix” faculty grant applications on a rolling basis. The maximum amount of such grants will be $400 per faculty for the academic year. Please see related guidelines and submission instructions below.

Assessment

Starting AY20-21, the ER&D Committee’s new and expanded role includes working with Pamela Taylor, Assistant Provost of Institutional Planning and Assessment and Sarah Pociask, Assistant Director of Assessment from the Office of Institutional Research to provide resources to support assessment.  We invite departments and programs interested in evaluating a course, or a component of a course, to reach out to ER&D at erd@wellesley.edu.

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“Quick Fix” Grant

  • Purpose: These grants fund projects for amounts of $400 or less. There are no deadlines for these types of grants.  However, these grants are only awarded for projects that have not yet occurred.
  • 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.
  • Guidelines:  Faculty can apply for Quick Fix grants in AY20-21 up to a maximum of $400.

Deadline: Decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Please email erd@wellesley.edu.