Who We Are

The University of Michigan 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 University of Michigan- as a faculty and/or student member– please reach out to your colleagues 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. The University of Michigan’s Week of SEISMIC was held on May 2-6, 2022. 

Upcoming Events 


The University of Michigan hosts many seminars, talks, and events in general related to the work of SEISMIC. These opportunities are often highlighted in our newsletters. The link below gives you a detailed list of all opportunities open to all.




Inclusive Teaching Book Group





We are reaching out on behalf of LSA Undergraduate Education, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), and the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) to invite you to participate in a series of campus events related to the book – Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy. If you are interested in any or all of the events listed below, please let us know using the interest form below.




Note: This book is freely available online through the UM library. If you would prefer a physical copy, you can let us know via the interest form linked above.



Event 1 – Chapters 1-2: April, 2023




We will discuss the first two chapters of the book as a group. We are planning for an in-person option on Wednesday, 4/5 11:30-1 pm ET with provided lunch and a virtual option on Tuesday 4/11, 2-3 pm ET. Location/Zoom details will be shared with those who express interest using the form above.


Event 2 – Chapters 3-7: May – July, 2023




We plan to meet virtually 5 times throughout the summer to discuss each of the Chapters 3-7. We are planning to meet the weeks of May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26, July 17. Exact days/times will be decided with those who express interest using the form above. You can also let us know if you’d be willing to lead one of the discussions. We know schedules shift in the summer and it is perfectly fine to not be able to make all 5 meetings.


Event 3 – Authors Visit UM for 90-minute Workshop: Friday, October 20, 2023




From the authors – “Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, Hogan and Sathy will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques. Drawing upon their own teaching experiences and educational research, they will model approaches that can be readily implemented with any discipline or class size to help all students achieve to their potentials.”



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Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom by Kelly A. Hogan and Viji Sathy


“In a book written by and for college teachers, Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy provide tips and advice on how to make all students feel welcome and included. They begin with a framework describing why explicit attention to structure enhances inclusiveness in both course design and interactions with and between students. Inclusive Teaching then provides practical ways to include more voices in a series of contexts: when giving instructions for group work and class activities, holding office hours, communicating with students, and more. The authors finish with an opportunity for the reader to reflect on what evidence to include in a teaching dossier that demonstrates inclusive practices.

The work of two highly regarded specialists who have delivered over a hundred workshops on inclusive pedagogy and who contribute frequently to public conversations on the topic, Inclusive Teaching distills state-of-the-art guidance on addressing privilege and implicit bias in the college classroom. It seeks to provide a framework for individuals and communities to ask, Who is being left behind and what can teachers do to add more structure?” (Source



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

Tim McKay

SEISMIC Director 


Nita Tarchinski

SEISMIC Project Manager 


Becky Matz

Measurement Working Group Co-Chair


Natasha Turman

Constructs Working Group Co-Chair 


SEISMIC Voices- University of Michigan

Read the full statements here.  



W. Carson Byrd 

Senior Fellow-in-Residence | National Center for Institutional Diversity

Participating in the Weeks of SEISMIC this spring highlighted the many strengths of both our campuses and the collaboration. However, these convenings also uncovered many challenges that can undercut the research and engagement needed to promote more equitable, inclusive, and just learning environments in STEM and university wide…” 


Sabrina Solanki 

IES Postdoctoral Fellow | Ford School of Public Policy

I was drawn to participate in the SEISMIC collaboration because of its potential to bring about widespread change in STEM education and improve the student experience in those critical foundational STEM courses…”


Meaghan Pearson

Ph.D. Student | Combined Program in Education and Psychology 

My love affair with statistics began many years ago when I realized how numbers can help solve life’s biggest problems. However, what I did not realize is that often the stories that researchers arrive at with the help of data often center institutions and individuals who hold the most power...” 


Becky Matz 

Research Scientist | Center for Academic Innovation

The Collaboration Council acts as an organizing body, like a hub that supports each of the working groups and the projects therein. CoCo’s activities (like planning for the summer meeting, helping to develop the Principles of Operations guide, and establishing an MOU with each participating university) help provide a foundation so that when someone joins a project team, they are actually joining something much bigger!..”


Susan J. Cheng 

Instructional Consultant in Analytics and Assessment | Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

My first SEISMIC annual meeting was full of creative, inspiring, and productive conversations about how education scholars can have positive impacts on student and faculty experiences in the classroom...”


University of Michigan in the Spotlight 


Feb 2019 UMich Workshop 

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UMich at 2019 Summer Meeting


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