Call for Proposals: The Disruptor Blog

Submit your work to author a post for next year's blog series. The deadline for submissions is November 21, 2021, at 11:59pm PT.

Catalyzing Sustainable Evidence-Based Strategies to Create an Equitable Future for STEM Education

How can faculty and administrators launch sustainable change efforts that improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in undergraduate STEM education? How have communities successfully leveraged evidence-based strategies, practices, policies, and processes? How can institutional leaders create incentives that encourage innovation that drives equity in STEM education? What indicates meaningful change is occurring and how do we measure it? 

Authors should focus on the implications of their work, how studies, strategies, and examples can serve as a model for others, and identifying opportunities, barriers, and questions surrounding these strategies. 


Maximum word count: 1600           Minimum word count: 1000 

Selected authors are encouraged to develop resources that further illustrate the information in their blog post such as graphs, charts, infographics, embedded videos, references, and links to additional resources for further reading and analysis. Authors may wish to create a short video for their finalized blog post. Videos should not exceed 5 minutes or solicit funding. Videos support the blog post in one of the following ways: 

  • An introduction to your post that tee’s up the content that will be covered in greater depth below, or 
  • A video inserted into the main body of your post that illustrates an example of your work or the idea you’re discussing. 

Who Can Submit a Proposal?

  • IUSE program PIs & Co-PIs
  • Educators, researchers, evaluators, and representatives of academic institutions
  • Representatives from non-profits, STEM centers, STEM discipline societies, funders, or government entities with a focus on undergraduate STEM education
  • Experts in the field of undergraduate STEM education

Evaluation Criteria

Speakers will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Relevancy to the overall blog theme and at least one topic listed in the description above
  • Relevancy to an audience of IUSE principal investigators, higher education stakeholders, and the larger undergraduate STEM education community
  • Compelling title, subtitle, and description of the subject you plan to cover
  • Content advances and pushes the field beyond the status quo, introduces compelling evidence, clearly describes implications and practical steps readers can take, and does not shy away from uncomfortable conversation or stop short of audience empowerment

Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following:

  • Personal information such as name, affiliation, email address, discipline, and demographic information
  • IUSE award recipient status, category of award, project role, and additional project personnel
  • Tentative blog post title and subtitle
  • A short description of your idea for a blog post (up to 300 words)
  • How does your blog post relate to the 2021 blog theme? (up to 250 words)
  • What implications will your blog post have on IUSE PI’s and/or the larger STEM education community?
  • Optional: A draft outline of your blog post
  • Would you like to include any links to your research, program, bio pages, or resources that are relevant to your topic?


Please contact the AAAS-IUSE team at


Please submit your proposal via the link below by November 21, 2021, at 11:59pm PT.
You can expect to hear back from AAAS-IUSE by March 11, 2022 at the latest.