Who We Are
The University of Minnesota 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.
Below you will find members of SEISMIC leadership that are University of Minnesota faculty and/or staff. Working Group members can use the Participants Database (password-protected) to find more members.
Local SEISMIC PI for University of Minnesota; Measurement Working Group; Collaboration Council (CoCo) SEISMIC East Representative
SEISMIC Research Coordinator
Implementing Change Working Group
SEISMIC Voices- University of Minnesota
Read the full statements here.
Associate Professor | College of Biological Sciences
“In my recent work, we’ve identified several areas where, at our institution, we see biased performance, participation, sense of inclusion, or retention in STEM courses or fields. I’ve seen how these biases can hinge on racial or gender differences, and how they may be correlated with “hidden identities” such as political persuasion, religiosity, sexual orientation, generation in college, etc…”
Distinguished University Professor & General Chemistry Director | Department of Chemistry
“It is challenging to get a large group of busy people together at any given time. Our full SEISMIC team gets together and touches base about once a semester. Updates are shared on working group projects and progress, along with opportunities to pull in additional collaborators…”
Assistant Professor | Department of Biology Teaching & Learning
“My group conducts research that examines the nature of student-teacher interactions in undergraduate STEM classrooms. I am particularly excited about a new project that aims to capture and characterize the classroom talk patterns used by STEM faculty in foundational undergraduate STEM courses. The project builds on work we recently did at the University of Minnesota that characterized teacher discourse moves (TDMs) in undergraduate biology classrooms across three institutions…”
Ph.D. Student | Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB)
“I became involved with SEISMIC after joining a biology education research journal club at the University of Minnesota and hearing about a project that Sehoya Cotner and Cheryl Scott were working on in collaboration with Kevin Binning at the University of Pittsburgh. I was very lucky because they had just collected a huge amount of data about how “ecological belonging interventions” can improve students’ sense of belonging and performance in introductory STEM courses…”
PhD Student, BAAAM Co-facilitator
“As a research coordinator, I have come to appreciate the complexity of supporting collaboration with multiple institutions in being able to navigate and grow a project. It has been an absolute delight of mine to support the great folks on the Office Hours Project and my fellow research coordinator in the experiments working group…”
University of Minnesota in the Spotlight
April 2019 UMinn Local Team Meeting