PKAL Regional Network

Pathways Not Gateways: Reimagining STEM Courses to Promote Inclusion, STEM Literacy, and Student Success

North Carolina PKAL Network

March 31, 2023

Virtual Conference

Virtual Event Schedule for March 31, 2023

9:00 – 9:15

Introduction and Welcome

Dr. Kelly Mack
Vice President of AAC&U's Office of Undergraduate STEM Education
Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope

Drs. Nyote Calixte, Elon University and Gail Hollowell, NC Central University
CoDirectors of NC PKAL

9:15 – 10:15

Keynote Presentation

Drs. Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan, UNC Chapel Hill
"Stories From Two Change Agents"

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks (up to 10 minutes each; there will be 10 additional minutes for questions/discussion)

Clara Voorhees, D'Youville University, “A Matter of Equity; Strategies for Keeping STEM Within Reach”

Jeffrey F. Thomas, Queens University of Charlotte,

“Who likes a survey course, anyway? Re-imagining non-majors science courses for everyone”

Laura Ott, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Student perceptions of active learning in their learning environments: active learning classroom vs. traditional lecture hall”

Cindy York, Northern Illinois University, “Using Tactile Activities in STEM Teaching”

VeVerleen McSween, University of the Virgin Islands, “Effective Implementation of Informal Learning Practices in the Virtual Science Classroom”

Joel Karty, Elon University, “Specifications grading as a means of cultivating a growth mindset and inclusivity: My story of specifications grading in Organic Chemistry 2


Lunch Session for NTTFs who earned free registration

All other attendees, lunch on your own


Keynote Workshop "Title TBD"

Dr. Jen Uno, Elon University




Poster Session (Posters viewable asynchronously on Padlet and synchronously in Zoom breakout rooms)

Poster Session (Posters viewable asynchronously on Google Slides and synchronously in Remo with table assignments below)

Lynn Miles, “The Impact of Non-Traditional Teaching and Learning at a Minority Institution” (Table 1)

Christopher Murphy, “Reimagining GenEd Science Courses to Provide Students with What They Need” (Table 2)

Michele Wheatly, “Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in STEM fields: Tools to assess the effectiveness of curriculum in helping STEM students become change agents” (Table 3)

Sheryl Burgstahler, “Engaging Neurodiverse Students in Online STEM Courses” (Table 4)

Ryne VanKrevelen, “Going Beyond p < 0.05: Teaching About P-Values in STEM” (Table 5)

Kimberly Luthi, “Developing STEM Literacy and Career Pathways in UAS for Non-Traditional Students through Inclusive Collaborative Learning in Online Environments” (Table 6)

Sophia Noel, “Adapting an in-person biotechnology course to the online environment” (Table 7)

Lynn Miles, “Transforming Non-Traditional Teaching Pedagogy Utilizing Social Emotional Learning” (Table 8*)

Kimberly Pigford, “The Effects of Student-Centered Learning Environments on Student Motivation in an Undergraduate Biology Course” (Table 9)

Heather Baker, “Developing Digital Data Storytellers using CODAP” (Table 10)

Yanjmaa Jutmaan, “Simple practice tin active learning classroom: How to change student's mindset” (Table 11)

Eric Saliim, “Making In” (Table 12)

Karryll Phillips, “Integrating Technical Literacy into the Liberal Arts Field” (Table 13)


Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

Scott M. Auerbach, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “UMass iCons Program: Taking Student-Centered Learning to the Max”

Sarah Kuhn, University of Massachusetts Lowell, “Creating the Inclusive STEM classroom by Thinking with Things”

Daniel Teodorescu, Clark Atlanta University, “Mentoring STEM Undergraduate Students at HBCUs and MSIs: An Examination of Faculty Mentoring Capacity”

Jeanne-Marie Linker, UNC Charlotte, “STATways: Reimagining Introductory Statistics”

Mirit Shamir, Kansas State University, “How an interdisciplinary graduate research traineeship contributes to diversity and inclusion in STEM higher education”

Diana I. Ortiz, Westminster College, “Use of historical death certificates to teach undergraduate epidemiology and social justice”

Nyote J. Calixte, Elon University, “Incorporating Blooms and Exam Analysis in Chemistry to Achieve High Order Thinking”


Closing Thoughts

Nyote Calixte and Gail Hollowell, CoDirectors of PKAL

The 2023 North Carolina PKAL Meeting
Keynote Speakers for the 2023 North Carolina PKAL Meeting
2023 North Carolina PKAL Keynote Speakers
Dr. Kelly Hogan and Dr. Viji Sathy of InclusifiED

Host Institution

Elon University is a historic 656-acre campus in central North Carolina that is designated as a botanical garden and includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest, a land preserve and natural area for scientific research; and the Elon Environmental Center at Loy Farm, a center for environmental research and sustainability that includes a solar farm.

Conference Organizers

NC PKAL Steering Committee

Nyote J. Calixte**


Elon University

Gail Hollowell


North Carolina Central University

Tamar Avineri

North Carolina School of
Science and Mathematics

Mark Barsoum

Davidson College

Crystal Edmonds

Robeson Community College

Minna Ng

Duke University

Kelsie M. Bernot

Florida Atlantic University

Robert Ferguson

North Carolina A&T State University

Jackie Thomas Swanik

Wake Technical Community College

Dominic P. Clemence

North Carolina A&T State University

Siobahn Day Grady

North Carolina Central University