2019 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute™

July 9, 2019 to July 21, 2019
Multiple Dates
The Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike
Adamstown, MD 21710

Institute I: July 9-14, 2019
Institute II: July 16-21, 2019

Application deadline is March 15, 2019

About the Institute

Enlightened institutions of higher education recognize the value of cultivating leadership capacity among STEM faculty and administrators. The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers individuals in fully understanding and implementing the theory and practice of navigating the politics of change, addressing inter- and intra-personal conflicts, and re-structuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science and technology.

This Institute – uniquely designed for early- and mid-career STEM faculty, principal investigators, and administrators – awakens and sensitizes its participants to the systems, structures, and influences of power and privilege within higher education, equipping them with the tools and skills needed to bring about social change in STEM. Nearly 60% of the Institute’s curriculum is grounded in the major tenets of experiential learning, including the state-of-the-art diversity simulation, My Tenure Trek (MTT), which guides participants through real world experiences that are representative of cultures, norms, and traditions that are distinctly different from their own. MTT™ creates deep awareness and clear perspective about the role of microagressions and implicit biases in higher education, which often undermine national attempts to diversify the STEM workforce.

Overall, the Institute has proven effective in promoting leadership self-efficacy among its participants, with over 65% 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? 

  • Early- to mid-career STEM faculty with a desire to improve undergraduate STEM education through leadership development
  • Principal investigators who lead undergraduate STEM reform initiatives
  • Administrators (with STEM disciplinary expertise) of academic STEM units

Individuals from community colleges, minority serving institutions, and/or historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Questions may be directed to pkalstemleadership@aacu.org.