Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
Project Kaleidoscope is AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform dedicated to empowering STEM faculty, including those from underrepresented groups, to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated.
Since its founding in 1989, PKAL has been one of the leading advocates in the United States for transforming undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. It has to date empowered an extensive network of over 7,000 STEM faculty and administrators committed to the principles, practices, and partnerships that advance cutting-edge, integrative STEM higher education for all students. To that end, all PKAL undertakings are uniquely designed to foster quality, diversity, and social responsibility.
PKAL Mission Statement
Project Kaleidoscope has as its mission to empower all US college and university STEM faculty — through a robust community of practice framework — to competitively train and liberally educate every STEM undergraduate.
Project Kaleidoscope will lead the nation in catalyzing the reform of undergraduate STEM teaching and accelerate the widespread uptake and adoption thereof.
The PKAL Regional Networks, established in 2005 with generous support from the National Science Foundation, provide professional development opportunities for all STEM faculty that are highly effective, affordable, and sustainable.
Forward-looking institutions recognize the value of cultivating leadership capacity among STEM faculty and administrators. To this end, the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers STEM faculty, principal investigators, and administrators to recognize their leadership strengths, navigate the politics of change, address conflicts, and restructure the institutional systems that limit America’s capacity for global competitiveness in STEM fields. Through experiential learning, reflection, and the simulation of diverse lived experiences, participants gain the skills and tools to embrace difference, initiate social change, and guide reform in undergraduate STEM education.
PKAL Advisory Board
The Project Kaleidoscope Advisory Board assists the PKAL Executive Director and AAC&U in establishing and executing a successful strategic plan that builds on PKAL's strengths and experience as well as its alliance with AAC&U.
Judith Dilts (Past Chair), Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and Professor of Biology (emeritus), James Madison University
Christine Broussard, Chair of Natural Science Division and Professor of Biology, University of La Verne
Lilliam Casillas, Professor of Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
William Davis, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Washington State University-Pullman
Lilia Harvey, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of the College, Professor of Chemistry, Agnes Scott College
David Kanis, Interim Associate Vice President of Grants and Research Administration, Chicago State University
Ryan Kelsey, Chief Advisor, Achieving the Dream
Pamela Leggett-Robinson, Executive Director, PLR Consulting
Lisa Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, Albion College
David Van Wylen, Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences, Hope College
Paul Wendel, Associate Professor, Otterbein University
Lynn Pasquerella (Ex-Officio), President, American Association of Colleges & Universities