Recognising Excellence in Educational Research

The launch of the inaugural SMU-Educational Research Fellowship (SMU-ERF) in April 2019 seeks to recognise faculty members who have demonstrated the ability or potential to attain accomplishment in educational research and to advance SMU’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

The primary goal of the ERF is to encourage and support rigorous, systematic and evidence-based studies of teaching and learning, and to facilitate the dissemination of results of these studies in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings to benefit the wider academic community. The ERF seeks to advance SMU’s practice of SoTL, and develop a network of educational researchers who support one another to improve teaching practices through scholarly inquiry.

Each year, up to two faculty members will be appointed to the Fellowship for a two-year term. The appointees will be expected to complete an educational research project of their choice during the term of appointment. The Fellows can expect to be called upon to contribute towards SMU’s SoTL community through mentoring other faculty members interested in educational research, and in sharing their research findings and experiences during the the Fellowship period.

For more information on the SMU-ERF, please refer to the following:


The review of the applicants will be assumed by an esteemed committee:

  • Professor Venky Shankararaman (Chair)
  • Professor Chow Hwee Kwan
  • Professor Lee Pey Woan
  • Associate Professor Lieven Demeester (Facilitator)


Vice Provost (Education)
Professor of Information Systems (Education), SCIS

CHOW Hwee Kwan

Professor of Economics and Statistics (Practice), SOE
Deputy Dean, Programmes

Academic Director, Global Impact Scholarship Award

LEE Pey Woan

Vice Provost (Faculty Matters)
Professor of Law, YPHSL


Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning Innovation)
Associate Professor of Operations Management (Practice), LKCSB
Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence

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