Methods in Education Scholarship

The Academy of Educators in collaboration with the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU) is offering a new certificate program for educators in the Washington University School of Medicine who would like to develop their skills for education research and scholarship. The program will equip educators to plan and education research/scholarship project and write a full proposal that can be used to implement the project, apply to the IRB for approval to do research with human participants, and/or apply for an education grant. Skills will be introduced for designing an education scholarship project, writing a protocol, reviewing the literature, writing research questions and project objectives, and using education theory to develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks. The program will also provide an introduction to methods in curriculum development and evaluation, qualitative research, survey development, and statistical methods in education. Each participating scholar will focus on the methods needed to fully develop a protocol for an education research or scholarship project of interest to them.

Program Structure:
The sessions of the program will address the following:

  1. Introduction to types of scholarship
    • Criteria for scholarship
    • Discover, application, teaching, integration, engagement
  2. Writing a proposal/ protocol for education scholarship
    • Creating a vision for an education study (“Once upon a time… And then I wondered…)
    • Writing a research question/developing project objectives
    • Introduction to the IRB
  3. Building a strong foundation
    • Reviewing the literature
    • Using education theory to develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks
  4. Introduction to curriculum design and evaluation (logic models, Miller’s Triangle, Kirkpatrick’s levels of evaluation)
  5. Introduction to qualitative research
  6. Introduction to statistical methods in education
  7. Introduction to surveys
  8. Final presentations of study proposals/protocols

This eight-week program will begin the week of February 21, 2022 and take place via Zoom, meeting once per week for one to two hours in the late afternoon or early evening with independent work required between meetings. Specific dates and times will be decided among the course director (Dr. Janice Hanson) and scholars who are accepted to the program.

Who may apply?
All educators (faculty, fellows, education researchers and scholars, education research assistants) in the Washington University School of Medicine.

I completed the Teaching Scholars Program (TSP). May I complete this certificate also?
Graduates of the TSP are welcome to participate in this course in methods for education scholarship. The focus on research methods will be more extensive in this program.

What are the prerequisites?
The most important prerequisites are interest in doing education research/scholarship and the time to commit to 8 weekly meetings with independent study between meetings.

Who can answer questions?
Contact Dr. Janice Hanson ( with questions and to talk about possible education research/scholarship projects.

How can I apply?
Click the below link to the application. Applications are open now and will close on February 15, 2022.

Submit an Application

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022 at 5pm

Eligibility: All educators (faculty, fellows, education researchers and scholars, education research assistants) in the Washington University School of Medicine.

Program Term: February 2022 – April 2022

Questions: Contact Janice Hanson at