PEER-Chicago 2022

Dates: December 15-18, 2022
Location: DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Byrne Hall (2219 N. Kenmore Ave.)

Applications for this field school are now closed. If you are interested in hearing about other upcoming PEER field schools, join our mailing list.

This 4-day, intensive, in-person PEER workshop 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.

Schedule Overview

  • Virtual Kickoff: Friday, Dec. 9, Time: 11:00am-12:30pm (Central Time)
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 3:00-6:00pm: Opening session with optional group dinner outing afterward
  • Friday, Dec. 16: 9:00am-4:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: 9:00am-4:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am)
  • Sunday, Dec. 18: 9:00am-1:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am, ends with closing lunch)

Who Should attend?

PEER targets a broad diversity of experience and interest in discipline-based education research (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

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.

Application and Registration

Applications will open September 1 and be due October 15.

Thanks to a grant from the NSF, there is no cost for registration, but it is expected that you will participate for the full field school.

  • Registration includes lunch, optional breakfast, and a parking pass, if needed, for local participants
  • A small number of scholarships are available to help defray the cost of travel and housing for non-local participants


Mary Bridget Kustusch
Scott Franklin
Scott Franklin
Myrtle Jones
Myrtle Jones



This PEER field school is funded by the National Science Foundation BCSER program (DRL-2025169) and sponsored by DePaul University’s College of Science and Health STEM Center.

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