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PKAL Summer Leadership Institute - Applications Due March 24

published Mar 10, 2014 11:34am

PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty

Institute I: Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania, July 18–23, 2014
Institute II: Baca Campus of Colorado College, Crestone, Colorado, July 25–30, 2014

Applications due March 24, 2014

The PKAL Summer Leadership 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 Institute curriculum is grounded in a carefully coordinated blend of theory and practice related to the politics of institutional transformation, and aims to empower STEM faculty to act as agents of change in their home institutions and/or professional societies.

Personalized mentoring and professional coaching are cornerstones of the Institute experience. As such, a team of six to eight expert mentors works with participants throughout the Institute to shape a personal agenda for leadership and to guide participants in conceptualizing how they can implement institutional change action plans at their institutions.

Early- and mid-career STEM faculty are invited to apply for this Institute. There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single institution. However, because the Institute is designed for individual leadership growth and development, team applications are not appropriate.

All applications are due on March 24, 2014. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on the Institute, click here.


This year, through its Sustainability Improves Student Learning (SISL) initiative, PKAL will offer travel and/or registration awards for STEM faculty with demonstrated commitment to and experience in integrating elements of sustainability into STEM course content. Applicants should indicate within their submission materials evidence of individual and institutional priorities related to incorporating sustainability into curriculum improvement efforts. Applicants are expected to be poised for departmental, institutional, and national leadership in promoting STEM courses that are comprised of: 1) real-world issues; 2) connections of these real-world issues to the concepts of sustainability; and 3) opportunities for students to analyze and implement choices that can better solve societal problems.

The PKAL SISL initiative is funded by the Department of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Additional information about the PKAL SISL Initiative can be found here.

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