Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Institute have any scholarship funding available? 

Yes. This year, through its Sustainability Improves Student Learning (SISL) initiative, PKAL will offer travel and/or registration awards for STEM faculty with demonstrated commitment to and experience in integrating elements of sustainability into STEM course content. Applicants should indicate within their submission materials evidence of individual and institutional priorities related to incorporating sustainability into curriculum improvement efforts. Applicants are expected to be poised for departmental, institutional, and national leadership in promoting STEM courses that are comprised of: 1) real-world issues; 2) connections of these real-world issues to the concepts of sustainability; and 3) opportunities for students to analyze and implement choices that can better solve societal problems. 

May I commute to the Institute?

No. The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is an intensive, fully immersive program that requires participants to remain in residence. Participants’ time each day is comprised of group activities, as well as individual and collective introspection. To that end, all participants are housed locally throughout the Institute. 

May I bring my family to the Institute?

No. Because of the immersive nature of the Institute, participants are expected to participate in all activities starting with breakfast and ending with the evening session For this reason, the Institute does not accommodate family members or friends. 

Can more than one person from an institution attend the Institute? 

There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single institution and it is possible for more than one individual from an institution to be accepted to the Institute. Because the Institute is designed for individual leadership growth and development, however, team applications are not appropriate. 

I am not on a tenure-track on my campus? Am I still eligible to apply?

Non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. All applicants are expected to be full-time faculty at their institutions with at least 2- 4 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level. 

What are the accommodation options?

Both Pendle Hill and The Baca Campus of Colorado College have dorm-style accommodations. Rooms include twin-sized beds, desks, reading lamps, linens, and blankets. All accommodations at the Baca Campus are shared. Pendle Hill has both shared- and single-room accommodations available. Single rooms are available on a rolling basis for an additional $20 per night above the registration fee.

Due to scheduling, I will need to miss the part of the Institute. Should I still apply?

No. Participants are required to attend the entire Institute. 

What is included in the registration fee?

The registration fee for Institute participants includes all Institute activities, lodging for five nights, all meals, and learning materials. Private rooms are available at Pendle Hill on a rolling basis for an additional $20 per night. Travel to and from the Institute is the responsibility of the participant and/or his/her campus.