PEER-SoCal 2023
Regional Introductory Field School

Dates: July 24-27, 2023
Location: University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

Applications due on April 15, 2023
Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2023

This 4-day, intensive, in-person PEER introductory field school gives opportunities for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in various disciplines to develop their own educational research practices. PEER supports emerging education researchers in developing their research interests into concrete questions, developing short- and long-term research plans, building community with other education researchers, and making progress on advancing projects to publication.


Costs at registration are $50, which includes breakfast, lunch and materials. We have negotiated a reduced housing cost of $150 for the week for those attending from outside San Diego. Participants are responsible for travel to and from San Diego and evening meals.

A limited number of scholarships are available which can be used to defray a portion of registration and housing costs.

Schedule Overview

All times are listed in Pacific Time (PT).

  • Virtual Kickoff: Thursday, July 13, 11:30am-1:00pm on zoom
  • Monday, July 24: 3:00-6:00pm (optional group dinner afterward)
  • Tuesday, July 25: 9:00am-4:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am)
  • Wednesday, July 25: 9:00am-4:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am)
  • Thursday, July 27: 9:00am-1:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am, ends with closing lunch)

Attendance is required for all sessions.

Who Should attend?

PEER targets a broad diversity of experience and interest in DBER. The workshop is appropriate for:

  • Faculty not currently engaged in DBER but interested in learning about theories and methodologies for possible future research
  • Current DBER researchers looking to build or broaden their network of collaborators and engage in generative discussions about existing and new projects
  • Graduate students or postdoctoral researchers who want to learn more about DBER project management and building a successful research program
  • Faculty at teaching-focused universities interested in using research methodology to improve or assess their teaching and/or publish in Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

PEER-SoCal is a regional field school with the intent of fostering community within the Southern California area. Thus, preference will be given to applicants within driving distance of San Diego.

What do we Do?

Participants in the field school will…

  • …develop and practice fundamental underlying skills and competencies in doing research, including “yes, and”, generative writing, collaboration skills, and other topics as related to specific workshops
  • …develop and make significant progress in planning their own research projects
  • …increase their self-efficacy in doing education research
  • …build a community for supporting their education research

Since the syllabus for each field school is adapted to the needs of the participants, the syllabus is only available to registered participants. However, a sample schedule is available on the Sample Field School page.

Facilitators and Local Hosts

Mary Bridget Kustusch
Scott Franklin
Scott Franklin
Emily Cilli-Turner
Chris Rasmussen
Stanley Lo



This PEER field school is funded by the National Science Foundation BCSER program (DRL-2025170) and sponsored by the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation and the University of San Diego.

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