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 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.

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The Mellon Course Development Grant 

There is strong enthusiasm among faculty for the development of courses that more intentionally cross disciplinary lines, particularly in the humanities.  With this in mind, we are announcing a new source of funds, made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. This funding is intended to help faculty develop new interdisciplinary courses that can create new connections or relationships with other departments and help students see connections between disciplines to which they would otherwise not be exposed.

This new opportunity is available to all faculty. Eligible projects will be funded starting in Fall 2021 and continue into the 2022-2023 academic year. ER&D will select and fund up to 4 projects each academic year with a maximum budget of $3,500 per project. We will be issuing a formal Call for Proposals in Spring 2021.

For information regarding grant requirements and guidelines, please click here