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Here's our manuscript

You can find it at PsyArXiv Preprints.

Q. Why a pre-print?

A. A preprint is an article that is planned for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. While awaiting or under review, readers (and critics) can comment on the work. Preprints can also be revised and linked to supplemental documents such as raw data or appendices. Also, a preprint can be cited. Our citation is:

Hollowell, G., Kendall Brooks, L. D., Malik, M., Talley, J., Ho, L. Y. Z., Chatman, M. C., & Talley, C. P. (2022, October 17). An Innovative Faculty Intervention at HBCUs: Self Care, Writing as a Practice and Building Community. Retrieved from



This pre-print represents one of several manuscripts produced by the Hub's three Communities of Practice (CareFull Scholars Writing Program; Data and Psychometrics; Teaching as Intervention). We are fulfilling the goals of the HBCU STEM Undergraduate Success Center by developing HBCU scholars disseminating impactful research in Science, as well as, in the Science of Teaching and Learning.

This manuscript will be closely followed by two others that are focused on Psychometrics. One of those papers is a validation study of the STEM-US Center assessment instrument. That assessment instrument is designed to measure affective and motivational factors for incoming students in order to better inform campus interventions. It is based on the Phenomenological Variant of the Ecological Systems Theory (PVEST). An iteration of the STEM-US Assessment has been given to several thousand VSU students for over 8 years. The findings are now being used to guide academic intervention efforts campus wide.

Eventually, the instrument will be used at many of our partner institutions. This will allow us to learn more about the role of the different risk and protective factors as experienced by students attending different HBCU's. If you would like to be a part of this research effort, please contact us.

The other Psychometric paper examines data from around 800 VSU students who took the STEM-US Assessment. The results were analyzed using a fairly new exploratory statistical tool, Psychometric Networks. These graphic illustrations reveal the strength of correlations between individual items. The resulting graphic provides a picture of "central nodes" where relationships among the variables are strongest and maintained across the most participants. We learned about Psychometric Networks at the 2nd annual Psychometric Short Course last July.

Speaking of advanced statistics. You will want to check out a webinar by our new colleague at Morgan State University, Dr. Rhonda E. Baylor:

How to receive advanced statistical training at NO COST! My experience participating in three in-person summer quantitative institutes.

Wed, November 9, 2022; 12:00-1:00 pm

Zoom Link.

Also- Back by popular demand from the Analytic Hub:

STEM-US Faculty Fellows Cohort #2 (starting February, 2023).

The 3rd annual Psychometric Short Course

and the In-Person Writing Retreat (scheduled for July, 2023).

More information coming soon!

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