Collaboration Resources


In this section you will find resources for both SEISMIC and non-SEISMIC members. In addition to a list of various resources, the content on this page outlines several of SEISMIC’s most important frameworks. We not only encourage all members to take heed of the information listed below, but to also dive deeper into SEISMIC related content through the links provided on this page.


Community Guidelines


Before participating in a SEISMIC meeting or event, please review our community guidelines below, inspired by the Center for Research, Learning, and Teaching and the Foundational Course Initiative at the University of Michigan, and 500 Women Scientists.

Community Interactions in General

  1. Make space, take space, and recognize the limited time we have together
  2. Listen actively and respectfully, without interrupting
  3. Critique ideas, not individuals
  4. Acknowledge impact of words and ideas shared by others and yourself
  5. Avoid assumptions about your fellow participants or generalizations about social groups


Participating in Virtual Meetings

  • Please be aware that some of our group meetings are set to auto-record; there will be a notification that recording is on. These recordings are typically only shared with Working Group members. Webinar recordings of Q&A sessions with presenters may be shared publicly.
  • We discourage participants from taking screenshots of our virtual meetings and sharing publicly (e.g. Twitter) in order to respect the privacy of our participants’ spaces.
  • Please mute your audio when not speaking.
  • Use the chat feature to raise questions, make points, and communicate needs. Facilitators will use the chat to remind participants of time constraints and move discussion along as needed.
  • You are welcome to edit your display name to reflect how you’d like to be addressed. Consider adding your pronouns, institution/affiliation, and name pronunciation.
  • While we encourage the use of video, please do what is comfortable and turn off video whenever you need to.


Monthly Newsletters


Catch up on the latest SEISMIC news by reading our monthly newsletters.



Membership Resources


Antiracism Statement

SEISMIC Statement on White Supremacist Violence and Anti-Blackness in the United States.

Antiracism Statement


SEISMIC Principles of Operation

Please visit this page in order to take a look at SEISMIC’s Principles of Operation; this document provides the basis for the governance of SEISMIC, and it may be changed in the future if necessary.

SEISMIC Authorship Rules 

Please visit  this page  in order to take a look at SEISMIC’s Authorship Rules. 

SEISMIC Getting Started Guide 

Please visit  this page  in order to take a look at SEISMIC’s Getting Started Guide. This guide outlines the different levels of involvement and participation that both SEISMIC and non-SEISMIC members can engage in. 


SEISMIC Graphics and Colors


SEISMIC has a set color scheme and plenty of logos for you to use when preparing your own SEISMIC-related content.

HEX Codes

Logos (click here to see more)

Orange: #ED7D31
Dark Blue: #4472C4
Dark Green: #70AD47
Gray: #A5A5A5
Yellow: #FFC000
Light Blue: #5B9BD5
Red: #C00000
Light Green: #92D050


SEISMIC Publications



“Advanced Placement Course Credit and Undergraduate Student Success in STEM Gateway Courses”

Publisher: AERA

Authors: Fischer, C., Nguyen, H., Feng, Y., Fiorini, S., Kalender, Y., Schunn, C. D., Vincent-Ruz, P., Whitcomb, K., Witherspoon, E. & Warschauer, M.


“Equity in the STEM Landscape: A Multi-institutional Approach to Mapping Systemic Advantages Within STEM Courses”

Publisher: AERA

Authors: Castle, S., Byrd, W. C., Koester, B. P., Bonem, E., Caporale, N., Denaro, K., Matz, R. L., Mead, C., Whitcomb, K. M., Singh, C., Levesque-Bristol, C., McKay, T. A.


“Harnessing Data for Inclusive Ecology Education: Building Programs to Move the Discipline Toward Systemic Change”

Publisher: Ecological Society of America Journal 

Authors: Susan J. Cheng, Teresa Mourad, Deborah E. Goldberg, George Middendorf, Luanna B. Prevost, Timothy A. McKay


SEISMIC Presentations


September 23; Pittsburgh Quantum Institute Colloquium 

“SEISMIC: The Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses Project” 

Presenter: Tim McKay 


October 15; Reinvention Collaborative- UVP Fall Network Meeting & Advising Colloquium 

“Breakout Session Panel: Faculty-Driven, Classroom-Based Innovation” 

Presenters: Tim McKay (regarding SEISMIC), Marco Molinaro (regarding ‘Know Your Students’)


November 1; Unizin Learning Analytics Community of Practice Virtual Meeting 

“SEISMIC: An Overview of the Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses” 

Presenter: Stefano Fiorini 


January 27; AAU STEM Network Conference 

“Examining Equity and Inclusion in Introductory STEM Courses” 

Presenters: Tim McKay, Becky Matz, Sehoya Cotner, Marco Molinaro, Dennis Groth, Michael Dennin


April 19; APS Virtual April Meeting 

“Using Equity and Inclusion Measurement to Motivate Change” 

Presenter: Tim Mckay 

Link *may need an APS account to view link. 

April 30; Helix Education Podcast 

“Anonymous Backchannel Conversation” 

Presenter: Perry Samson 


July 14; LUX-ZEPLIN Collaboration Meeting 

“SEISMIC: Equity & Inclusion as Design Goals for STEM Education Reform”

Presenter: Tim Mckay 

*No link 

July 14; REMOTE- The Connected Faculty Summit 

The Value of Using an Anonymous Backchannel in Entry-Level STEM Courses”

Presenter: Perry Samson 


July 19; AAPT 2020 Summer Meeting 

“Rethinking Foundational STEM Courses: Pulling Weeds or Growing Deep Roots?”

Presenter: Tim McKay 

*No link 

July 19; AAPT 2020 Summer Meeting 

“Characterizing Conceptual Understanding in Introductory Physics using Funds of Knowledge, Mental Models and Resource Framework”

Presenter: Juniar Lucien

*No link 

July 19; APPT 2020 Summer Meeting 

“Promoting and Supporting Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses”

Presenters: Z. Yasemin Kalender, Emily Marshman, Christian Schunn, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Chandralekha Singh

*No link 

August 8/3-8/10; Ecological Society of America Virtual Meeting 

“Learning from classroom data: Critical frameworks for advancing equity, inclusion, & social justice in science education”

Presenters: Susan Cheng, Tim McKay 


December 4; BayView Alliance Steering Committee Meeting

[No Title-- presentation regarding SEISMIC] 

Presenter: Tim McKay 

*No link

April 8; AAU Arts and Sciences Deans Meeting 

[No Title-- presentation regarding SEISMIC]

Presenters: Tim Mckay, Ryan Sweeder, Michael Dennin 

*No link 




How do I become a "SEISMIC Member"?

Please visit SEISMIC’s "Getting Started Guide” to see how you can become a member!

How do I join a Working Group?

Please fill out this form to indicate your interest in joining one or more of SEISMIC’s working groups. You will then be contacted by the SEISMIC Project Manager with next steps. As a Working Group member, you are expected to attend the majority of Working Group meetings set by your co-chairs. You are encouraged to attend the SEISMIC Summer Meetings, present the progress of your Working Group at conferences and through speaker visits, write grant proposals, and contribute to the vision and goals of the Working Group. Work with your co-chairs to decide your involvement in the Working Group. If you are interested in being a Working Group co-chair, contact the Collaboration Council. Contact details are listed in the Leadership section of this website.

Who can attend the SEISMIC Summer Meeting? 

We encourage current SEISMIC members and those affiliated with SEISMIC institutions to register for our Summer Meeting. Everyone must register beforehand. Please check the “Annual Meetings” tab to see which sessions will be open to interested people outside of SEISMIC. 

How can my institution become a SEISMIC member? 

SEISMIC is not currently accepting applications for new member institutions. If you would like to set up a meeting to learn more about SEISMIC, discuss other collaborative opportunities, or let us know you are interested to join so we can be sure to inform you when we are accepting applications, please email our Project Manager Nita Kedharnath (

I am an undergraduate student and interested in getting involved. How can I join? 

Please visit our “Getting Started Guide” to see the various ways that interested students can get involved. There is also an opportunity to become a SEISMIC Scholar--applications come out in the spring. 

How do I propose a new project? 

Please visit this page and scroll down to the bottom to see an outline of the overall process.

Who do I contact if I want to get more involved? 

If you desire to get more involved than what is outlined in the “Getting Started Guide,” please contact SEISMIC’s Project Manager Nita Kedharnath (

Where can I find…

  • Upcoming meeting information for annual Summer Meetings?
    • For information regarding annual meetings, please check the “Annual Meetings” general tab. Upcoming meeting information will always be an additional tab under the “Annual Meetings” general tab. For a general overview of all “Summer of SEISMIC” events, please visit the calendar.
  • Past meeting notes/recordings for previous Summer Meetings?
    • They are located as buttons on the “Annual Meetings” general tab. There is also a list of past presentations listed above. Please contact each presenter for more information.
  • Summer Meeting recordings?
    • For event recordings specific to a Summer Meeting, please visit the buttons located on the “Annual Meetings” tab.
  • Slides template for SEISMIC?

How should I acknowledge SEISMIC in my publications? 

Please visit the SEISMIC Authorship Rules page for information regarding acknowledgements.

Who is funding SEISMIC? 

Funding for the SEISMIC project has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Participating Institutions.