2017 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute

July 11, 2017 to July 30, 2017
Multiple Dates
3035 Buckeystown Pike
Adamstown, MD 21710

Institute I:       July 11-16, 2017
Institute II:      July 18-23, 2017
Institute III:     July 25-30, 2017
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

About the Institute

Founded in 1996, the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute offers more than 20 years of experience in leadership development for STEM faculty. This Institute is designed for both early- and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The five-day intensive Institute provides faculty participants with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform effort. 

Nearly sixty percent of the Institute’s leadership curriculum is grounded in the major tenets of experiential learning, including the new diversity simulation, My Tenure Trek™ (MTT). This unique professional development tool guides participants through a simulated tenure process that is representative of colleagues whose lived experiences and cultures are distinctly different from their own. MTT™ is designed to awaken and sensitize emerging STEM leaders to the influences of power and privilege within higher education, and to create broad awareness about microagressions and implicit biases, which undermine national attempts to diversify the STEM workforce.​

Also, the STEM Leadership Institute now offers extended access to career coaches. This newly-added Institute feature will provide participants with the individualized support and coaching they need to successfully navigate the inherent political, professional, and personal complexities of institutional change leadership. Coaching will be available to participants throughout the 2017-18 academic year. For this year only, we are able to offer this feature at no additional cost to participants. 

As a result, the Institute has proven effective in promoting leadership self-efficacy among its participants, with over sixty-five percent of Institute alumni noting a significant increase in their ability to: 1) facilitate change, 2) effectively respond to problems, and 3) fully consider the impacts of diverse cultures on institutional transformation. 

Who Should Apply? 

Emerging STEM faculty leaders from all institution types, including community colleges and minority serving institutions, are encouraged to apply. STEM faculty from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Questions may be directed to pkalstemleadership@aacu.org.