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 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 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 

Feb 2019 UMich Workshop

Feb 2019 UMich Workshop



UMich at 2019 Summer Meeting


UMich at 2019 Summer Meeting

UMich at 2019 Summer Meeting

UMich at 2019 Summer Meeting

UMich Week of SEISMIC 2022
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UMich Week of SEISMIC 2022