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Call For Proposals

OVERVIEW

For over a decade, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) of the Association of American Colleges and Universities has used its national regional network infrastructure to enhance the self-efficacy of STEM faculty in implementing advanced pedagogies, particularly those that are culturally responsive to an increasingly diverse undergraduate student population. Our Networks are designed and positioned to not only promote individual STEM faculty self-efficacy, but to also facilitate pervasive change in how STEM faculty professional development is conducted in US STEM higher education.

Specifically, the PKAL Regional Networks serve as ideal “meeting as laboratory” settings for conducting formal “clinics,” or intense, hands-on workshops that are highly interactive, immersive, and reflective. In these settings, it is expected that STEM faculty will: 1) deeply explore their own biases and underlying assumptions about who belongs in science; 2) develop practical skills for teaching core undergraduate STEM content to majors and non-majors alike; and 3) cultivate a common understanding of what is meant by quality undergraduate STEM teaching and the metrics for evaluating the successful implementation thereof.

Over time, we believe that our commitment to undergraduate STEM reform, and our deliberate and intentional emphasis on meaningful inclusion of STEM faculty of all institution types will positively impact – in never before seen ways – the retention and persistence of tens of thousands of undergraduate STEM students, particularly those who have been historically marginalized from STEM.

This call for proposals replaces all previous calls, and is active through September 1, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY

Only active PKAL Regional Networks are eligible to propose Network meetings. An active Network is characterized as any Network that has conducted a Regional Network meeting in the past two calendar years.

All inactive and new PKAL Regional Networks should contact Ms. Christina Shute for information on hosting a Network meeting in the 2018-19 academic year.

IMPORTANT FORMS AND DEADLINE DATE

To schedule a Network meeting for this academic year, and to be eligible for consideration of available funds, Network Event Proposal Submissions must be completed and submitted by October 21, 2019.

Submissions include the following two forms: 

  • Network Event Proposal Submission Form 
    All networks are required to submit a proposal, providing details about any upcoming meetings for the current academic year. Each form includes an opportunity to provide a brief description (not to exceed 200 words) of the overall goal and objectives of each network event.
     
  • Network Budget Form 
    Along with the Network Submission Form, all networks are required to complete a budget form that clearly outlines planned expenses, sources of support, and budgetary needs. 

Please click here to access the above forms. 

NETWORK FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

General Information (2019-2020 Funding)
Each Network is expected to identify its own sources for support of its annual/semi-annual Network meetings. These sources can include, but are not limited to: federal and private grants, institutional grants, registration fees. In some cases, AAC&U, through external funding streams, can provide additional resources. A current list of available funds is provided below. All limitations applicable to external funding sources will apply to Regional Network accounts.

All Network accounts are maintained at AAC&U. Each Network Councilor will be provided with an annual budget summary that includes information about remaining balances and standard administrative fees incurred.

Support for Network Councilor Meeting
For the current academic year, AAC&U – through generous funding from the National Science Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable Trust – will provide up to $1,000 to its active Regional Networks to support the attendance of one Network Councilor (or leader) to participate in the annual PKAL Network Councilor Meeting. This meeting will be held the afternoon of January 24, 2020 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the AAC&U Annual Meeting.

Support for Knowledge Exchange Clinics
With generous support from the National Science Foundation, AAC&U can provide funding to its PKAL networks to support the meaningful inclusion of STEM education researchers into the network meeting. Through our Network Clinics, STEM faculty have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one meetings with STEM education researchers, higher education theorists, and evaluation experts to discuss specific items associated with proposal submissions, project implementation, and assessment that is related to broadening the participation of talented, low income students in STEM. Further, our Clinics provide unique opportunities for STEM faculty and education researchers to more deeply explore the practicalities of sharing a common language for, understanding of, and competency in what is meant by quality undergraduate STEM teaching and the successful implementation thereof.

Support for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
With generous support from the National Science Foundation, AAC&U can provide funding to its networks to support the participation of non-tenure track faculty in a network meeting. As the number of non-tenure-track faculty increases with only modest concomitant increases in institutional support, it is vital that the STEM reform community ensure that this population is not further marginalized or excluded from meaningful professional development opportunities. Networks receiving this funding are required to host a one-hour listening session with their non-tenure-track STEM faculty attendees and the PKAL executive office. This listening session will serve to inform the future ways in which PKAL is able to ensure that the professional development needs of our non-tenure track colleagues are met.

NETWORK REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

In order to ensure that our entire PKAL Regional Network community is poised to learn valuable lessons, both across and within Networks, all PKAL Regional Networks are required to provide survey data (from the AAC&U Efficacy Scales) that represents at least 60% of the participants attending each Network meeting. Click here (Link Coming Soon!) to access the PKAL Regional Network Participant Assessment Survey.

Each Network is also required to provide a brief report on the outcomes of the Network meeting. Click here to access the Network Reporting Form.

PRIMARY CONTACTS

Technical inquiries related to the PKAL Regional Networks can be made to:

Christina Shute, Program Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, AAC&U
Coordinator for Ohio, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Upstate New York, and New Networks 
315.727.8018
shute@aacu.org

Ariel Kirkland, Program Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, AAC&U
Coordinator for Capital Area, North Carolina, and Southern California
202.884.7439
kirkland@aacu.org

All general inquiries can be made to:
Project Kaleidoscope
pkal@aacu.org