St. Olaf College

2011 PKAL Upper Midwest STEM Leadership Workshop

Dimensions of Leadership: Building and Sustaining Excellence in STEM Programs

June 10, 2011 to June 12, 2011
St. Olaf College
Regents Hall
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057

This weekend seminar is for mid-career faculty in STEM departments from upper Midwestern colleges and universities who are moving into leadership positions (chair, program director, or principal investigator). Participants will learn more about the dimensions of leadership required to build and sustain excellence in undergraduate STEM programs. Through plenary seminars, experiential leadership exercises, group discussions, and personal reflection time, participants will gain strategic insights into their personal leadership qualities and program plans. Each participant will leave with new ideas for making a bigger difference on campus, an action plan for achieving their program goals, and an agenda for long-term personal growth. Participants will also become part of a network of colleagues from around the country who share similar goals regarding the creation of effective learning environments for all STEM learners.

This project builds on the success of past and present PKAL initiatives focusing on developing leaders with the vision, political skills, and personal commitment to make a difference in American higher education in STEM fields.

Event Location

The retreat is hosted by St Olaf College, noted for its long tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and music, and for its integrative approach to the study of natural sciences and mathematics.  The idyllic campus, on a hill above historic Northfield MN, is bordered by 325 acres of restored wetlands, woodlands, and native tallgrass prairie. The meeting will take place in Regents Hall. For more information about St. Olaf College, visit here.


The workshop will begin with a reception and dinner at 5 pm on Friday, June 10 and will conclude shortly before noon on Sunday, June 12 (box lunch provided). On campus lodging check-in will be from 4:00 - 5:00 pm on Friday; attendees will stay in Ytterboe Hall. More details will be provided shortly before the event.

Workshop Facilitators

Susan Chaplin
Professor of Biology, University of St. Thomas

Betsy Desy
Professor of Biology, Southwest Minnesota State University

Matt Richey
Associate Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics & Professor of Mathematics, Saint Olaf College

Marcus Webster
Professor of Biology, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University

Workshop Organizers

Susan Chaplin, Mary Walczak, Marcus Webster