ASCN Community Welcome Call

Thursday, March 16, 2023

10-11 am PT | 11am-12pm MT | 12-1 pm CT | 1-2 pm ET

Presenters: Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University; Kadian Callahan, Kennesaw State University; Andrea Beach, Western Michigan University; and Casey Wright, Western Michigan University

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The ASCN Hub Members (Charles Henderson, Kadian Callahan, Andrea Beach, and Casey Wright), will welcome new and interested members into the ASCN community. We will begin with a brief network overview presentation and then offer time for new, new(ish), and interested network members to chat in smaller groups with the ASCN Hub about their interests and how the network can support them.


Anyone interested in becoming a change agent is welcome! We welcome ASCN Network Members who have joined the network in the last year, network members who are interested in moving from receiving network resources to active membership in the network, researchers involved in studying change in higher education, and practitioners of change.


Attendees will learn about how ASCN functions and how to access ASCN resources. Participants will also learn about each of our working groups, their recent efforts, and how to get involved.


Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Time - 10 am PT | 11 am MT | 12 pm CT | 1 p ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Bradlee Wahid Cotton ( if you have any technical questions about this event.


Charles Henderson
Western Michigan University

Kadian Callahan
Kennesaw State University

Andrea Beach
Western Michigan University

Casey Wright
Western Michigan University


Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 358MB Mar16 23).

Community Call Transcript (Text File 57kB Mar30 23)


ASCN achieves its aims through Resource Curation and Creation, Endorsing Ideas and Resources, and Cultivating Connections for the STEM higher education ecosystem. Below are some links to resources and working groups to get more involved!

Resource Curation and Creation

Change Agent Resources

Where do I start with Change? – starting guide for those new to systemic change work

How Can I lead and Support Change? - a short starter guide to leading change initiatives in STEM higher education

Working Group 3 Critical Resources- resources for change leaders

Working Group 6 Critical Resources - resources to promote the development of institutional cultures where continuous improvement of teaching is valued

Teaching Evaluation Change Initiatives Repository – collection of programs and tools to restructure how teaching is evaluated in STEM higher education

Working Group 2 & 4 Critical Resources for Demonstrating Impact - tools and examples that can help with evidence-based fiscal decision making:

The Change Dashboard – visual planning and communication tool for change agents working in higher education to create an action plan for change

Change Researcher Resources

Where do I start with Change? – starting guide for those new to systemic change work

Transforming Institutions: Accelerating Systemic Change in Higher Education – Edited Volume - summarizes leading edge understanding of how to transform STEM education through models, institution and network scaled change, and the leadership developing to do this

Change Theories Summaries- summaries of change theories, how they have been used in the context of STEM higher educational change, and key information and references

Endorse Ideas and Resources

Webinars and Short Courses – collection of past and upcoming online events to elevate the work of change agents and change researchers

Blog – mix of created resources and endorsed resources organized by change topic

Cultivating Connections

Transforming Institutions Conference: Our biennial conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN June 12-13 this year. The presentation abstract deadline has passed, however, there is still time to submit abstracts for poster presentations. This conference brings together our membership and beyond to address systemic change in STEM higher education.

Working Groups – the landing page for our working groups lists each working group and their mission

Working Group Meetings and Informal Discussions – listing of the connection information for working group meetings.

Working Group 1: Guiding Theories - This working group seeks to help people engaged in change efforts learn more about change theories and models that could profitably inform systemic change work. This working group also aims to support researchers studying systemic change by facilitating discussions and building resources related to change theory.

Working Group 2&4: Costs, Benefits, and Demonstrating Impact - This group explores the financial and social costs and benefits of implementing, scaling and sustaining instructional changes in undergraduate STEM education. Identify, explain and disseminate information on metrics that hold the potential to document, foster, accelerate, and communicate systemic change.

Working Group 3: Change Leaders -This group works to identify important roles and activities in the change process and articulate how people in different organizational levels and positions accomplish change. Attend to who must be engaged in change efforts, what skills they need, and how these skills can be developed.

Working Group 5: Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Justice: This group explores the intersection of equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice with systemic change in higher education. We will identify common ground, promote opportunities for collaboration, and this will be informed by lived perspectives from diverse stakeholders. It aims to support administrators, faculty, students, and staff; and promote access, participation and success for all parties.

Working Group 6: Aligning Incentives with Systemic Change: This group promotes the development of institutional cultures where continuous improvement of teaching is expected, valued, assessed, and rewarded at all stages of a faculty member's career.

Working Group 7: Learning Spaces: This group explores the design and use of learning spaces in higher education. In particular, the group focuses on equitable and inclusive access to learning spaces including physical and pedagogical access.

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