Call For Proposals


For over a decade, 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 ever increasingly diverse undergraduate student population. However, pedagogical reform alone – and without non-STEM disciplinary influence – is a necessary, but insufficient approach to reforming undergraduate STEM education. To that end, we are positioning our Networks to not only promote individual STEM faculty self-efficacy, but to also facilitate social change in STEM higher education reform that is grounded in achieving equity for talented students of color and those of low socioeconomic status.

Over time, we believe that our collective commitment to social change in undergraduate STEM reform, and our deliberate and intentional emphasis on meaningfully including all institution types will positively impact – in never before seen ways – the retention and persistence of tens of thousands of undergraduate STEM students who, for any number of reasons, have been historically marginalized from STEM. 

As such, the PKAL Regional Networks will now serve as an ideal “meeting as laboratory” setting for conducting formal “clinics,” or intense, hands-on workshops that are highly interactive and immersive. In these settings, it is expected that both STEM higher education researchers and STEM disciplinary faculty will: 1) deeply explore our underlying assumptions about underrepresented students and the systems-level reasons for their underrepresentation; and 2) develop practical skills for cultivating a common language and understanding of what is meant by quality undergraduate STEM teaching and the metrics for evaluating the successful implementation thereof.

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


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. These Networks are: Capital PKAL, Massachusetts PKAL, North Carolina, Ohio PKAL, Puerto Rico, Southern California PKAL, and Upstate New York.

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.


To schedule a 2018-19 Network meeting, and to be eligible for consideration of available funds, Network Proposal Submissions must be completed and submitted by:


Anticipated Funding Amount from AAC&U (2018-19): $2000
Each Network is expected to identify its own sources for support of its annual/semi-annual Network meetings. However, in some cases, AAC&U, through external funding streams, can provide limited resources.

For the current academic year (2018-19), AAC&U – through generous funding from the National Science Foundation – will provide up to $2,000 to its active Regional Networks to support the attendance of one Network Councilor (or leader) to participate in the first annual PKAL Network Councilor Meeting. This meeting will be held the afternoon of November 8 in conjunction with the AAC&U PKAL STEM Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Network Councilors will be reimbursed up to $1000 for travel reimbursement to Atlanta, Georgia, and will receive a $1000 stipend for Network Councilors for 1) participation in the Councilor meeting and 2) implementation of Network leader activities within their respective Networks.

Pending the allocation of future funding, other opportunities are expected to support the implementation of additional Network meetings aimed at fostering collaboration between STEM education researchers and disciplinary faculty.

Budgetary Information
As noted, 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. 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.


Network Meeting Summary
The Network Meeting Summary should provide a brief description of the overall goal and objectives of the event. It is expected that the overall theme should address specific ways in which STEM faculty and education researchers can develop meaningful collaborations that are grounded in the major tenets of social change – particularly as it relates to achieving equity for talented students of color and those of low socioeconomic backgrounds. The summary should not exceed 200 words.


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 will be required to provide survey data (from the AAC&U Efficacy Scales) that represents at least 60% of the participants attending each Network meeting.

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.


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

Christina Shute, Program Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, AAC&U

All general inquiries can be made to:
Project Kaleidoscope