Who We Are



Indiana 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!

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If you are currently affiliated with Indiana 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. Indiana University’s Week of SEISMIC took place October 18-20, 2022.   





Upcoming Events 


Indiana 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 Indiana University faculty and/or staff. Working Group members can use the Participants Database (password-protected) to find more members. 

Martha Oakley


Local PI; Implementing Change Co-Chair

Stefano Fiorini


Measurement Working Group Co-Chair 

Nikeetha Farfan D’Souza 


Collaboration Council (CoCo); Constructs Working Group Co-Chair  

SEISMIC Voices- Indiana University 

Read the full statements here.  



Michael N Johnson III 

Undergraduate student studying mathematics  

I think that the planting of the seed of equity as it pertains to grading is the most important. From conversations I have had with instructors about the topic, it was never something that they thought about applying to grading… 


Nikeetha Farfan D’Souza 

Postdoctoral Fellow | Office of Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

With its explicit emphasis on equity in science education, SEISMIC has provided a learning community to belong to and a space for me to continue my explorations and investigations into systems of power in science education and its relationship with culture and identity…”


Martha Oakley 

Professor & Associate Chair | Department of Chemistry

’m a chemistry professor at Indiana University, and I have the pleasure of working with more than a half dozen colleagues among our faculty who are committed to planning and taking part in SEISMIC classroom experiments. The most exciting part of our participation in SEISMIC so far has been watching the enthusiasm build among faculty in the STEM areas as we have hosted SEISMIC speakers Kevin Binning, Sehoya Cotner, Becky Matz, and John Gates.…” 


Stefano Fiorini 

Lead Research Management Analyst | Bloomington Assessment and Research

I am looking forward to sharing some of the knowledge our institution has gained from engaging in cross-disciplinary and institutional collaborations around equity and inclusion in STEM courses and programs. The visualization of a simple metric like the Average Grade Anomaly has prompted conversations with program directors and faculty in STEM disciplines and has opened up spaces for more in-depth analyses…”


Indiana University in the Spotlight 


April 2019 SEISMIC Visit to Indiana 

April 2019 SEISMIC Visit to Indiana

April 2019 SEISMIC Visit to Indiana


April 2019 SEISMIC Visit to Indiana 



SEISMIC Guest Speaker Sehoya Cotner Discusses How Instructors Can Envision More Equitable College Classrooms

By: Daniela Molina

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bloomington Assessment and Research (BAR) and the Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success (CLASS) hosted a guest speaker as a part of the SEISMIC project which was funded to advance equity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses.

On Thursday, Oct. 31 Dr. Sehoya Cotner, a biology professor in The College of Biological Sciences at The University of Minnesota, addressed her findings for envisioning and creating more equitable college classrooms.  

Cotner met with faculty and administrators at IU throughout the day to discuss her research about student success in large introductory STEM course.

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