For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)

Faculty Members from Twenty-Five Campuses to Attend Project Kaleidoscope 2011 Summer Institutes

PKAL Institutes To Provide Leadership Development for Early and Mid-Career Faculty Engaged in Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

May 31, 2011

Washington, DC –Project Kaleidoscope and The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced recently the colleges and universities sending faculty members to each of two PKAL summer leadership institutes for early and mid-career faculty members. PKAL has sponsored a summer institute for the past thirteen years at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado, and has expanded its offerings to two institutes to be held this summer in July.

“PKAL’s 2011 Summer Leadership Institutes are geared toward helping emerging and new faculty leaders gain the knowledge and skills required to make significant and meaningful changes in STEM courses and programs on their campuses,” said PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod. “The expansion from one week to two represents PKAL’s continuing and growing commitment to helping campuses take deliberate action in creating more engaging, student-centered STEM learning environments to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of all students.”

PKAL’s five-day intensive institutes provide faculty participants with 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:

  • Learn about national, regional, and local challenges and opportunities facing faculty engaged in developing more effective and inclusive 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 for their campus change efforts;
  • Learn about the political dimensions of institutional change, the importance of understanding the institutional culture, and the changing national context for STEM leadership; and
  • Join a network of colleagues from around the country who share similar goals regarding the creation of effective learning environments for all STEM learners.

The Institutes are supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and by the generous donations of institute alumni to PKAL’s Leadership Scholarship Fund.

PKAL Summer Institutes Participating Institutions:

Berea College (KY)

Nazareth College (NY)

Boston University (MA)

New Mexico Highlands University (MN)

Carleton College (MN)

Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)

Centre College (KY)

Pepperdine University (CA)

Chicago State University (IL)

Saint Leo University (FL)

College of St. Scholastica (MN)

Smith College (MA)

Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)

Stevenson University (MD)

Georgia Perimeter College (GA)

University of Central Florida (FL)

James Madison University (VA)

University of La Verne (CA)

Linfield College (OR)

University of South Carolina Beaufort (SC)

Metropolitan State University (MN)

University of the District of Columbia (DC)

Miami Dade College (FL)

University of the Redlands (CA)

Miami University of Ohio (OH)




About PKAL

Since its founding in 1989, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has been one of the leading advocates in the United States for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With an extensive network of over 7,000 faculty members and administrators across the nation, PKAL has developed far-reaching influence in shaping undergraduate STEM learning environments that attract and retain undergraduate students. PKAL accomplishes its work by engaging campus faculty and leaders in funded projects, national and regional meetings, community-building activities, leadership development programs, and publications that are focused on advancing what works in STEM education.