For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
Kelly Mack
Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope
202.387.3760, ext. 804

STEM Leaders from 52 Campuses Chosen to Participate in Project Kaleidoscope 2014 Summer Leadership Institutes

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes Provide Leadership Development for Early- or Mid-Career Faculty Engaged in Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education
Jun 4, 2014

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the 60 STEM faculty leaders from 52 institutions of higher education who have been selected to participate in the 2014 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes. This marks the sixteenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes. The institutes will be held July 18-23 at Pendle Hill, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 2014 Institute cohorts:


Alfred University (NY)

Mercer University (GA)

Auburn University (AL)

Messiah College (PA)

Austin College (TX)

Michigan State University (MI)

Bard College (NY)

Montgomery College (MD)

Bemidji State University (MN)

New Jersey City University (NJ)

Berea College (KY)

Niagara University (NY)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Park University (MO)

Boise State University (ID)

Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

California College of the Arts (CA)

Saint Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

California State Polytechnic University–Pomona (CA)

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

California State University–Fresno (CA)

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Capital University (OH)

St. Olaf College (MN)

City University of New York Brooklyn College (NY)

State University of New York at Fredonia (NY)

Colorado School of Mines (CO)

Stetson University (FL)

Columbus State University (GA)

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi (TX)

Dalton State College (GA)

The College of Wooster (OH)

Dominican University (IL)

University of Portland (OR)

Drew University (NJ)

University of Southern Maine (ME)

Drury University (MO)

University of Washington Tacoma Campus (WA)

Georgia State University (GA)

University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (WI)

Green Mountain College (VT)

Ursinus College (PA)

Humboldt State University (CA)

Virginia Military Institute (VA)

James Madison University (VA)

Wabash College (IN)

Lewis and Clark College (OR)

Western Carolina University (NC)

Lower Columbia College (WA)

Whittier College (CA)

Manchester Community College (CT)

Widener University (PA)