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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 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 2021-22 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 August 23, 2021.

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 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 CONTACT

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

Christina Shute, Program Manager, Project Kaleidoscope
shute@aacu.org(202) 888-0665

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