2022 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) STEM Leadership Institute®

Institute I: July 12-17, 2022
Institute II: July 19-24, 2022

The Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike
Adamstown, MD 21710

Covid Update

The 2022 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute is currently being planned as in-person event at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland. We continue to vigilantly monitor the matrix of COVID-19 and related shifts in national and local mandates to determine if a change in meeting format warrants a pivot to a virtual platform. Whether in-person or virtual, the 2022 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute will proceed on the dates indicated here. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all in-person attendees.

Institute Overview

Enlightened institutions of higher education recognize the value of cultivating leadership capacity among STEM faculty and administrators. The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers individuals in fully understanding and implementing the theory and practice of navigating the politics of change, addressing inter- and intra-personal conflicts, and re-structuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science and technology.

This Institute is uniquely designed for early- and mid-career STEM faculty, principal investigators, and administrators who are engaged in leading initiatives and interventions aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The Institute awakens and sensitizes its participants to the systems, structures, and influences of power and privilege within higher education, equipping them with the tools and skills needed to bring about social change and true reform in undergraduate STEM education.

Experiential learning is a hallmark of the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute, and will remain so in its virtual form. Nearly 60% of the Institute’s curriculum is grounded in the major tenets of experiential learning. The Institute also features the state-of-the-art diversity simulation, My Tenure Trek® (MTT), which guides participants through real world experiences that are representative of cultures, norms, and traditions that are distinctly different from their own. MTT creates deep awareness and clear perspective about the role of microaggressions and implicit biases in higher education, which often undermine national attempts to diversify the STEM workforce.

About the Institute

Overall, the Institute has proven effective in promoting leadership self-efficacy among its participants, with over 65% percent of Institute alumni noting a significant increase in their ability to: 1) facilitate change, 2) effectively respond to problems, and 3) fully consider diverse cultures in designing policies and practices for institutional transformation.

Who Should Apply?

  • Early- to mid-career STEM faculty with a desire to improve undergraduate STEM education through leadership development
  • Principal investigators who lead undergraduate STEM reform initiatives
  • Administrators (with STEM disciplinary expertise) of academic STEM units

Individuals from community colleges, minority serving institutions, and/or historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Dates to Remember

  • Early Action Deadline

  • Acceptance Notifications for Early Action Applicants

  • Regular Application Deadline

  • Acceptance Notifications for Regular Applicants

Application Process

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Application Review

Completed applications will be reviewed by an external panel of STEM faculty and administrators with extensive leadership experience in reforming undergraduate STEM education.

Notification of Acceptance

Early Action Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before February 25, 2022. Regular Deadline Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before May 2, 2022.


Questions may be directed to [email protected]