PEER-Rochester 2023
Introductory Field School

Dates: June 22-26, 2023
Location: Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

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

This 5-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 $100, which includes breakfast, lunch and materials. We have negotiated a reduced housing cost of $400 for the week for those attending from outside Rochester. Participants are responsible for travel to and from Rochester 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

  • Virtual Kickoff: Thursday, June 8, 4:30-6:00 (eastern) on zoom
  • Wednesday, June 21: optional pre-dinner
  • Thursday, June 22: 9:00am-4:00pm (eastern)
  • Friday, June 23: 9:00am-4:00pm (eastern)
  • Saturday, June 24: 9:00am-12:00pm (eastern)
  • Sunday, June 25: 9:00am-4:00pm (eastern)
  • Monday, June 26: 9:00am-12:00pm (eastern)
    • Optional post-discussion in the afternoon

Attendance is required for all sessions, June 22-26 and the virtual kickoff.

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

National introductory field schools center the needs of STEM faculty, thus preference will be given to participants who already have a PhD.

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.


Eleanor Sayre
Eleanor Sayre

Lead facilitator

Scott Franklin
Scott Franklin
Mary Bridget Kustusch
Myrtle Jones
Myrtle Jones
Jordan Gerton



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.

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