Look here for information on non-SEISMIC opportunities!  These can include webinars related to equity and inclusion or STEM teaching, as well as workshops and other chances to be involved in work related to SEISMIC.  Postings here will be organized so that events happening sooner will be closer to the top.

Please contact seismic.admin@umich.edu if you think there is an event not held by SEISMIC that belongs on here!


Other Opportunities

BVA Virtual Community Conversations: Teaching with Empathy: Finding the Right Balance Between Flexibility and Structure.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT 

Facilitated by Jenny Archibald, Amy Leyerzapf, and Trevor Rivers, from the University of Kansas. Hosted by the Bay View Alliance—a similar networked community like SEISMIC.

For faculty around the country, teaching during the pandemic has heightened awareness of how stress caused by factors outside the classroom can make it difficult for students to focus and learn in our classes. How do we respond with compassion without losing the focus on student learning? Approaches to teaching with empathy require that we build support and flexibility into our courses, yet flexibility also requires more self-management, and we have seen the latter derail the learning experience for some students during this last year. During this Bay View Alliance Community Conversation, participants will have an opportunity to share with one another what they have learned in the last year about teaching with empathy, including the challenges and rewards of finding the right balance between flexibility and structure in a single course.

Jenny Archibald and Trevor Rivers are both Assistant Teaching Professors in the Undergraduate Biology Program at KU. Amy Leyerzapf is a Lecturer and Director of Graduate Studies in KU’s Institute for Leadership Studies, and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Teaching Excellence at KU. 

This academic year the BVA will host Virtual Community Conversations the third Thursday of each month, from 3:00-4:00 PM EST.

Registration is not required for this event. Please use the Zoom link below. 


PEERS Data and Methods Webinar: Learning Analytics & Education Research Data

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 2:00 pm EDT

The PEERS Learning Analytics and Education Research Data webinar focus on using learning analytics data for STEM education research. The webinar will inform researchers about the potential of learning analytics data for their research, strategies for accessing learning analytics data, and relevant tools for analysis.

The presentations will cover topics such as learning sciences, access points of higher education data, relationships between cognitive theories of human learning, human-computer interactions, psychological theories of student engagement, and what goes on in college classes.


  • Ben Motz, Indiana University
  • Rene Kizilcec, Cornell University
  • Xu Wang, University of Michigan
  • James Russell, Unizin

During this webinar, we will:

  • Define learning analytics
  • Describe the methods and importance of the research that have been conducted
  • Discuss how to access and work with the learning analytics datasets
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

This webinar is free and open to the public. This webinar will be recorded and the recording will be sent to all registrants. 



Workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Meta-Synthesis Methods: Achieving STEM Equity and Inclusion through Syntheses

May 20, 2021 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

This workshop is for early- and mid-career faculty, researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students in STEM education and related disciplines to gain basic skills in qualitative meta-synthesis research. Instructors from the Institute for Meta-Synthesis at TERC will present materials they have developed to build capacity in qualitative literature meta-synthesis methods, with a special focus on STEM equity and inclusion literature.

They will introduce several aspects of qualitative meta-syntheses research, including: what differentiates literature meta-syntheses from literature reviews; steps for the pre-search process; literature search and selection processes; deductive, inductive, and hybrid coding; and thematic analysis.

The instructors will provide demonstrations and hands-on activities for participants, which will be drawn from the instructors’ previous literature meta-synthesis projects focused on the experiences of women of color in STEM (e.g., this paper).

By the end of the workshop, participants will have the fundamental skills for conducting a literature search and an understanding of how raw qualitative literature can be coded as data, then transformed into the Findings and Discussion of a meta-synthesis paper.


Job Posting: Post-doctoral Scholar Investigating Professional Networks of Women and LGBT Physics PhDs

Preferred start date: September 1st, 2021

The Physics Education Research Group at the University of Utah (PERU) seeks to hire a post-doctoral scholar studying the professional networks of women and gender and sexual minority physicists (LGBT) working across academia, the government, and private sectors.


University of Utah
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Post-doctoral Scholar Investigating Professional Networks of Women and LGBT Physics PhDs
The Physics Education Research Group at the University of Utah (PERU) seeks to hire a post-doctoral scholar studying the professional networks of women and gender and sexual minority physicists (LGBT) working across academia, the government, and private sectors. This work will include conducting interviews, policy analysis, and further qualitative work at the University of Utah. This position is a one-year contract with an additional two-year renewal depending on performance. Further renewals will be dependent on performance and funding. The position is open until filled with a preferred start date of September 1st. The successful candidate will work in person at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. This position is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. A PhD in Physics Education Research or a related/relevant field (e.g. Higher Education, Science Education, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Sociology, etc…) is required.
This is a collaborative project with Western Michigan University (Dr. Charles Henderson), Wright State University (Dr. Adrienne Traxler), and The University of Utah (Dr. Ramón Barthelemy) .
Total Compensation: $57,100 ($50,000 salary and $7,100 into retirement) and healthcare
Annual Raise: Based on performance, up to 5%
Conference: Paid expenses to annual Physics Education Research conference
Required Skills:
  • Can independently lead research
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong writing skills as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications or drafts
  • Desire to learn grant writing, presentation design/style
  • Strong research ethics and dedication to high quality work and analysis
  • Attention to detail
  • Autonomous, goal driven, and meets deadlines
Preferred Skills:
  • Qualitative interviewing and coding skills
  • Previous work with LGBT community
  • Previous work in Social Network Analysis
  • Successful grant writing
  • Experience presenting at national conferences and universities
  • Peer-reviewed publications
If you are interested in applying, send your letter of interest specifying your relevant skills, vita, list of publications and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the email address listed here. For information about the research group (PERU), please go to PERUtah.com or contact PER@physics.utah.edu. Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to: ramon.s.barthelemy@utah.edu.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to: ramon.s.barthelemy@utah.edu.

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Indiana University’s 3rd Annual Learning Analytics Summit

May 12th to 14th, 2021 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT 

Led by the Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success (CLASS) at Indiana University.  The purpose of the summit is to cultivate a knowledge building community with a shared interest in in furthering faculty engagement with the widespread, sustained use of learning analytics.  

The summit is premised on the idea that faculty involvement with the use of learning analytics is critical to the establishment of a data-guided culture within higher education. With their expert knowledge about their students, disciplines, courses, and programs, instructors of all ranks are in the best position to take advantage of the new insights learning analytics can provide.

There are several SEISMIC speakers, as well as a SEISMIC panel.  Marco and Stefan will be presenting on Wednesday, May 12th, and Becky and Stefano are moderating a Measurement Group panel on Friday, May 13th.

There is no fee to attend the summit, but space is limited, so please register early.  Learn more about the event here, and register below.


Job Posting at UC Irvine

Initial application review will begin on May 4th. 

The UC Irvine Education Research Initiative (ERI) and School of Biological Sciences are jointly looking for a Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in quantitative methodologies to carry out discipline-based educational research (DBER) exploring teaching and learning in higher education under the supervision of Dr. Brian Sato. This position has funding available for two years with a proposed start date of July 1, 2021 (negotiable).

A main focus of the work will be an NSF-funded project (DUE 1821724) to examine the impact of teaching-focused faculty on student and faculty outcomes, using a variety of data sources (institutional data, student and faculty survey and interview data, classroom observation data, social network data, etc.). Relevant research projects will involve survey design and analysis, as well as accessing, cleaning, and analyzing institutional data.

Candidates must have a Ph.D or equivalent in an Education, Social Science, or STEM Education discipline; experience in conducting research on teaching and learning; expertise in quantitative research design and methodologies; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; a successful record of publication and presentations; and the ability to work well with university faculty. Grant writing experience is also a plus.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Sato (bsato@uci.edu).


Workshop: Teaching Inclusively & Equitably

April 26th, 2021 | 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm EDT

 As student demographics and backgrounds become more diverse, how do you make your content, activities, the language you use, and classroom logistics inclusive for all students? As students interact with each other more often through active learning, how do you respond to challenging classroom situations?

This workshop is designed to build your confidence in using inclusive teaching strategies. In this session, you will reflect on how identity, power and positionality inform your role as an instructor, values within your field and values you hold as an instructor. You will also reflect on how your role, identities and values prompt you to intervene, and how they might impact the way that you choose to do so.

The leaders of this workshop are Don Gillian-Daniel, Ph.D., Christopher Agard, Ph.D., Lekeah Durden, and Robin Greenler, Ph.D.  Please click on their names in order to find out more about them.

In order to participate in this event, please register below.  If you have questions you would like to submit to the panelists in advance, please direct them to doctoral.scholars@sreb.org.