For Immediate Release

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

STEM Leaders from Thirty-Three Campuses Accepted to Attend Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) 2012 Summer Institutes

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

Jun 5, 2012

Washington, DC—Project Kaleidoscope and The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announce 40 faculty leaders from thirty-three colleges and universities accepted to attend the 2012 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes for early and mid-career STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty. This marks the fourteenth year that PKAL has sponsored summer institutes at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado. This year's two institutes will be held in July and August.

“STEM faculty attend PKAL’s Summer Leadership Institutes to learn what it takes to lead major reform efforts in their departments and programs. They also come to network with other STEM faculty who are working to improve undergraduate STEM learning and success,” said PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod.

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:

  • Engage in discussion about national, regional, and local challenges and opportunities for developing more effective and inclusive STEM programs;
  • Learn about strategies for institutional change and the importance of understanding the institutional context and culture;
  • Practice the art of successful communication and negotiation;
  • Better understand personal leadership strengths and how to “lead from the middle” as a faculty member, program director, or department chair;
  • Leave the Institute with a leadership growth plan, created with guidance from experienced leader-mentors, that outlines the vision, goals, and strategies that will serve as an action agenda for their campus change efforts;
  • 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 the generous donations of institute alumni to PKAL’s Leadership Scholarship Fund.

STEM Leaders from the following institutions are participating in the 2012 Institutes:

Alfred University (NY)

Metropolitan State University (MN)

Beloit College (WI)

Morehead State University (KY)

Boise State University (ID)

Mount Holyoke College (MA)

California State University-Fullerton (CA)

Nevada State College (NV)

California State University-Long Beach (CA)

Purdue University (IN)

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (CA)

Quest University Canada

Centre College (KY)

Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville (MD)

Saint Mary's College of Maryland (MD)

Curry College (MA)

Stetson University (FL)

Elmhurst College (IL)

State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)

Elon University (NC)

University of Massachusetts Boston (MA)

Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

Union College (NY)

Humboldt State University (CA)

University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus (PR)

Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)

University of La Verne (CA)

James Madison University (VA)

Utah Valley University (UT)

Long Island University-Post (NY)

Valdosta State University (GA)


Widener University (PA)