Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network

Upcoming Event

Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Meeting:
Back to the Future: How Lessons from the Past Can Inform New Directions
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA
June 12, 2024

Call for Proposals Now Open!


The Massachusetts chapter of PKAL is a community of higher education partners who create, implement, assess, and share innovations in the practice of teaching and learning to improve student achievement and preparation for the STEM workforce or graduate studies.



The Massachusetts Regional PKAL Network is a collaboration of higher education institutions and partners that will be nationally known for excellence in STEM teaching and learning, focusing on student success and retention resulting in higher post-secondary graduation rates in STEM Fields.


I) Increase STEM Student Success, Persistence, and Retention

Action Steps

  1. Support [for] 1st generation, low-income, underrepresented minorities in pursuing STEM degrees
  2. Recruitment strategies through general education curriculum and partnership communication with MA high schools

II)Provide Professional Development & Leadership Development opportunities

Action Steps

  1. Best practices (active learning), new pedagogy
  2. How to best teach/teaching strategies at the college level
  3. Leadership development for faculty, staff, and administrators
  4. Establishing a PKAL representative from each of a selection of Massachusetts institutions of higher education
  5. Establishing an annual workshop/seminar/meeting that rotates through the institutions having a representative on the Massachusetts PKAL network leadership team

III) Workforce Readiness

Action Steps

  1. Working with business and industry partners to ensure students have experience in 21st century skills and practices
  2. Providing clear expectations of workforce requirements including use of career offices at each participating institution to provide accurate and timely information to students

IV) Dissemination

  1. Portal for sharing resources
  2. Centralized job postings/ resources for all PKAL institutions


Network Leadership

The Massachusetts Regional PKAL Network steering committee is composed of faculty, staff, and administrators from a selection of participating institutions of higher education in Massachusetts.

Bridgewater State University
Dr. Tom Kling – Past Chair of the Steering Committee

Fitchburg State University
Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Gordon

Framingham State University
Dr. Catherine Dignam – Chair of the Steering Committee
Phone 508 626 4778; [email protected]

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Ann Billetz

Salem State University
Dr. Maura Murray

Westfield State University
Dr. Robin White

Wheaton College
Dr. Jennifer Lanni

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Drew Brodeur

Worcester State University
Dr. Aleel Grennan – Chair Elect of the Steering Committee