ASCN Blog Post Instructions for Authors

Invitation

We invite blogs that support the mission statements of ASCN WG5 Equity and Inclusion or the broader ASCN mission. Posts may be authored at the invitation of the WG5 editorial board, invitation by the ASCN Hub, or by author submission.

If you have an idea for a blog post, please contact us at cricpe-ascn@wmich.edu with the subject line: "ASCN Blog". In the body of your email please include:

  • the topic of your blog;
  • co-author(s);
  • a description of how the blog relates to the Working Group 5 Mission or ASCN mission;

Blog Review Process and Timeline

Upon review of the The editors (either ASCN Hub or the WG5 DEI in STEMM blog series Editorial Board) will set a draft deadline. The editor(s) will then share a Google Document with a template where you will draft your post. Your responsibility as an author will be to meet that deadline or work with the editorial board to adjust the deadline.

When you are ready to submit your document to the editorial board please send an email to cricpe-ascn@wmich.edu with the subject title "ASCN Blog" to notify the editors that you are ready for their reviews.

Prepare to receive feedback from two reviewers who will prepare the blog for ASCN readership. The editors will review your blog post and give feedback as comments and suggestions in the Google Document. Please allow two weeks for the editorial board to review your draft.  Once the editors have provided feedback, the editor(s) will then set a deadline for you to make final edits. Once you have completed a final draft and returned it to the editor, the editor will review the document and work with ASCN website support staff to add the blog post to the site. You will be notified when the blog is posted to the site.

Author Information

  • Provide a list of all authors and affiliations 
  • Write author contributions note
    • For example, decide whether to include text about how each author contributed to the blog "All authors contributed equally to this article. The names are arranged in alphabetical order."
  • Update SERC Profile on the ASCN website to link the blog to your ASCN profile
    • Login to your account on the ASCN site
    • On the left-hand side of the page under your name, there is a grey box titled "Your profile page". Click on the button to "Create a Bio" in that box to share your institutional/organizational affiliation, title, and interests. Click on "Add a Photo" to upload a photo of yourself. This information and photo will be used as part of your author information on the blog post page when it is published on the ASCN site.  See Image 1 for reference. 

Blog Content Guidelines

Tags 

There are three types of tags for ASCN blogs: Institutional Change topic, Program components, and Target Audience(s). Select all that apply in each area and add them to the tags list in the blog template.

Institutional Change topic

  • Assessment
  • Change Leaders
  • Communication
  • Costs and Benefits
  • Equity and Inclusion (If part of WG5 blog series, select this!)
  • Guiding theories
  • Faculty Rewards
  • Policy 

Target Audience(s)

  • K-12 Students
  •  First-year College Students
  •  Undergraduate Non-Majors
  •  Undergraduate majors
  •  Transfer Students
  •  Teaching/Learning Assistants
  •  Graduate Students
  •  Post-doctoral Fellows
  • First Generation College Students
  •  Underrepresented Minority Students
  •  English Language Learners
  •  Pre-Service K12 Teachers
  •  In-Service K12 Teachers
  •  College/University Staff
  •  Non-tenure track faculty
  •  Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty
  •  Institution Administration
  • Other (please describe)

Program components 

Faculty Development

  • Pedagogical Training
  •  Curriculum Development
  •  Student Assessment
  •  Course Evaluation
  •  Cultural Competency
  •  Advising and Mentoring
  •  Accessibility
  •  Diversity/Inclusion

Institutional Systems

  •  Personnel/Hiring
  •  Incentive/Reward Systems
  •  Evaluating Promotion and Tenure
  •  Evaluating Teaching
  •  Strategic Planning
  •  Interdepartmental Collaboration
  •  Physical Infrastructure
  •  Technological Infrastructure
  •  Degree Program Development

Supporting Students

  •  Bridge Program
  •  Mentoring Program
  •  Tutoring
  •  Bootcamp
  •  Student Engagement
  •  Learning Communities
  •  Undergraduate Research
  •  Quantitative Skills
  •  English as Second Language
  •  Academic Support
  •  Scholarships, Grants, Workstudy
  •  Internships
  •  Professional Preparation
  •  Cohort Program
  •  Clubs/Social Activities

Outreach

  • Informal Education
  •  Marketing Campaign
  •  Presentations/Talks
  •  Policy Change
  •  Intra-Institutional Collaboration
  •  Student Recruiting
  •  Outreach to K12 Teachers and Students
  •  Alumni Program
  •  In-Service Teacher Training
  •  Science Fair
  •  Public Outreach
  • Other (please describe)

Title

  • Titles should be less than 15 words and name any major topics and areas discussed in the text.

Blog Body

  • Blogs should be no more than 1000 words in length. 
  • Links to other sites in the text
    • For any items you would like linked in the text, put them in parentheses in the body of the text where you would like the link to be placed so the links can be formatted correctly on the website.
    • Bold the text prior to the link that you would like to be clickable when reading the blog. 
      • E.g. "The Accelerating Systemic Change Network (https://ascnhighered.org/index.html) brings together change agents to synthesize and generate new knowledge.

Images

  • Image use is highly encouraged! All images need to be open source, CreativeCommons, or you need to obtain permission to use the image. 
  • Provide a caption for any images used in the blog, 
  • Provide the image source if it is not your own. 
  • Provide alternative text for photos

References

  • References should be formatted using APA style. 
  • Depending on the resource type you can also provide a list of websites for organizations such as the authors did in this example.  
  • Provide a list of any URLs to be linked in the text of the blog