Who We Are


Arizona State University is one of the 10 public research universities in the United States that partners with SEISMIC.  

When joining the SEISMIC Collaboration, each SEISMIC Institution committed to

  • Bringing together a local community of education researchers and practitioners motivated to explore and improve equity and inclusion in foundational STEM courses, led by an institutional PI and supported by an administrative patron.
  • Hosting 6 or more SEISMIC-related speakers on their campus each year, as part of our Speaker Exchange Program. 
  • Getting research access to student data so their institution can participate in our parallel data analysis. Note, we do not share institutional data across SEISMIC, we share code to run parallel analyses and then share results across SEISMIC.
  • Connecting their existing STEM reform efforts to the larger SEISMIC project. It is hoped that these connections will both support and enhance local reform projects.
  • Paying the travel costs for four local team members to attend our annual collaboration meetings.





Join Our Team!

Details below

If you are currently affiliated with Arizona State University- as a faculty and/or student member– please reach out to your colleagues listed below for more information regarding how to join. 





Our Week Of SEISMIC!


Since Spring of 2022, SEISMIC has hosted several local, in-person SEISMIC events on each SEISMIC campus. Arizona State University’s Week of SEISMIC took place November 7-11, 2022. 





Upcoming Events 


Arizona State University hosts many seminars, talks, and events in general related to the work of SEISMIC. These opportunities are often highlight in the monthly newsletters that are sent to SEISMIC members. The link below gives you a detailed list of all opportunities available to members and non-members. 



Below you will find members of SEISMIC leadership that are Arizona State University faculty and/or staff. Working Group members can use the Participants Database (password-protected) to find more members. 

Sara Brownell

Local SEISMIC PI for ASU; Constructs Working Group 


Chris Mead

Measurement Working Group


James Collins

Implementing Change Working Group


SEISMIC Voices- Arizona State University

Read the full statements here.  



Logan Gin  

Ph.D. Student | School of Life Sciences

“I am thrilled to be apart of the SEISMIC network! As a graduate student, I am eager to learn from the expertise and perspectives of other members of the network who have thought deeply about barriers to equity and inclusion in STEM. I am excited to see what is possible with a multi-institutional collaboration like SEISMIC, specifically through working to develop interventions to address structural challenges to equity and inclusion in STEM on a large scale…”


James Collins 

Virgina M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment| School of Life Sciences

“Providing conditions in which academic leaders can induce one or a few individuals in a unit to change is easy compared to altering the culture of a department, college, or university. As research reveals the best ways to foster inclusive excellence, a major challenge will be scaling those discoveries from individuals to larger academic units…”


Sara Brownell 

Associate Professor | School of Life Sciences

“Research mentors need to be thoughtful about the emotional strain that many students are under right now. Depression and anxiety are increasingly among our college students and these are only exacerbated by the recent events of shifting college coursework online, rising employment rates, senseless violence against Black Americans, and uncertainty about the future, in addition to countless other stressors. Research can be a positive outlet for students, but we must be thoughtful about our interactions with our undergraduate researchers..”


Chris Mead

Assistant Research Professor | School of Earth and Space Exploration 

“I have contributed primarily to two projects in the measurement working group. Project 1 is a high level exploration of demographic effects in introductory STEM courses and Project 4 is a more targeted examination of AP credit policies and their empirical grounding (if any). I think they are both great examples of the value of SEISMIC, because much of the prior research has been limited to single-institution studies…”


Arizona State University in the Spotlight 

February/March 2019 ASU Visit