For Immediate Release

Dawn Michele Whitehead
Interim Vice President of Communications
Kelly Mack
Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope
202.387.3760, ext. 804

STEM Leaders from 76 Campuses Chosen to Participate in Project Kaleidoscope 2015 Summer Leadership Institutes

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes Provide Leadership Development for Early- or Mid-Career Faculty Engaged in Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education
Jul 1, 2015

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 100 STEM faculty leaders from 76 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2015 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes. This marks the seventeenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes. The institutes will be held July 14-19 and July 21-26 at The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Maryland, and July 25-30 at The Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado.

PKAL's five-day intensive institutes are designed for early- or mid-career STEM faculty engaged in projects designed to transform undergraduate STEM education including changes at the classroom, departmental, and institutional levels. At the institutes, STEM faculty are exposed to the theory and practice required to act as agents of change in their home institutions or professional societies. Through plenary seminars, experiential leadership exercises, group discussions, and personal reflection time, participants

  • engage in discussions about national, regional, and local challenges and opportunities facing faculty engaged in developing stronger STEM teaching and learning practices;
  • learn from experienced mentors about the politics of institutional change, the importance of understanding institutional culture, and the changing national context for STEM leadership;
  • practice the art of successful communication and negotiation;
  • learn about communication styles and develop an appreciation of how differences in communication styles, experience, and backgrounds enhances effective dialogue and institutional change projects;
  • reflect privately and with mentors and peers on being an agent-of-change and a leader in STEM education;
  • create a leadership growth plan, with guidance from mentors, that outlines the vision, goals, and strategies that will serve as an action agenda to effect change;
  • join a network of colleagues from around the country who share similar goals regarding the creation of effective learning environments for all STEM learners. 

STEM Leaders from the following institutions comprise the 2015 Institute cohorts:

Agnes Scott College (GA)

Lewis University (IL)

Allegheny College (PA)

Luther College (IA)

Aquinas College (MI)

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA)

Auburn University (AL)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MA)

Avila University (MO)

Miami Dade College (FL)

Baldwin Wallace University (OH)

Millsaps College (MS)

Boise State University (ID)

Mount Holyoke College (MA)

California State University-Chico (CA)

New Jersey City University (NJ)

California State University-Fresno (CA)

North Carolina Central University (NC)

California State University-San Bernardino (CA)

Norwalk Community Colllege (CT)

Capilano University (BC)

Oklahoma State University Main Campus (OK)

Central Ohio Technical College (OH)

Oxford College of Emory University (GA)

City University of New York Herbert H. Lehman College (NY)

Rider University (NJ)

City University of New York Macaulay Honors College (NY)

Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Clarion University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Saint Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

Coker College (SC)

Salem State University (MA)

Colorado School of Mines (CO)

Salt Lake Community College (UT)

Cornell College (IA)

Santa Clara University (CA)

County College of Morris (NJ)

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

DePaul University (IL)

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Dixie State University (UT)

Springfield College (MA)

Drexel University (PA)

St. Edward's University (TX)

Eastern Kentucky University (KY)

St. Petersburg College (FL)

Everett Community College (WA)

Stetson University (FL)

Fairfield University (CT)

Texas A&M University (TX)

Farmingdale State College (NY)

University of Delaware (DE)

Fitchburg State University (MA)

University of La Verne (CA)

Fordham University (NY)

University of Massachusetts Boston (MA)

Framingham State University (MA)

University of North Texas (TX)

George Mason University (VA)

University of St. Francis (IL)

Georgia State University (GA)

University of Washington Bothell (WA)

Gonzaga University (WA)

Wabash College (IN)

Grand Canyon University (AZ)

Washington and Lee University (VA)

Hampshire College (MA)

Wayne State University (MI)

Illinois College (IL)

Western Kentucky University (KY)

Indiana University East (IN)

Westminster College (PA)

Jacksonville University (FL)

Winthrop University (SC)

James Madison University (VA)

Worcester State University (MA)

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

About PKAL

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is AAC&U’s STEM higher education reform center dedicated to empowering STEM faculty, including those from underrepresented groups, to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated. PKAL also works to develop a scientifically literate citizenry as part of its commitment to principles and practices central to AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.

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.

Information about PKAL can be found at