Summer Institute

2007 PKAL Summer Institute: Focusing on leadership, student learning & institutional transformation

June 13 - 16, 2007

2007 PKAL Summer Institute
Focusing on leadership, student learning & institutional transformation

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
- near the Washington Dulles International Airport -
Ne Chantilly, Virginia
June 13 - 16, 2007

Mission, vision, goals & strategies for the 2007 PKAL Summer Institute.

PKAL's persisting emphasis is on nurturing leaders taking responsibility for transforming the undergraduate STEM learning environment–leaders as institutions, teams, or individual leaders.

The graphics in the side panel illustrate some of the approaches that advance the work of leaders in undergraduate STEM. These will be catalysts for conversations at the Institute.

Leadership, in the PKAL perspective, is all about relationships, about growing the connections among individuals that permit the collective, collaborative and creative thinking that enables the future. Leaders motivate, join forces in articulating a common vision and goals, and then support their community in conceiving, implementing, documenting and assessing an institutional agenda for action.

Leaders create supportive and sustainable environments in which people (students, faculty, administrators) are stretched out of their normal zone of comfort, allowing new ideas to flourish in the context of the institutional mission, identity, and circumstances. Leaders link institutional initiatives to emerging challenges and opportunities, within and beyond the campus.

Colleges and universities are invited to send institutional teams to the 2007 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute, to be held at Westfield Conference Center (near Dulles Airport) on June 13 - 16, 2007.

Many questions will be explored during this institute:

  • can goals for student learning shape institutional-change initiatives? If so, how?
  • why change?
  • what is leadership?
  • what works in the processes and politics of institutional transformation? How do we know?

Some answers to these question, including those gained from experiences of campuses involved with PKAL's Leadership Initiative (LI) and from the growing community of experienced agents of change, will help teams participating in the institute shape a "take-home" institutional agenda for action.

Materials available on the PKAL website in PKAL's Volume IV: what works, what matters,what lasts will be a primary resource for the institute. The underlying theme of the institute is suggested by these insights and questions from Leadership Reconsidered (Astin & Astin):

...leadership is a process that is ultimately concerned with fostering change. In contrast to the notion of ‘management,' which suggests preservation or maintenance, ‘leadership' implies a process where there is movement–from wherever we are now to some future place or condition that is different. short, our conception of leadership [is that]:
  • Leadership is concerned with fostering change.
  • Leadership is inherently value-based.
  • All people are potential leaders.
  • Leadership is a group process.

Throughout the Institute, we will use the lense of leadership to look at the vision of goals for student learning in STEM fields. Our focus is on goals that serve all students, those majoring in STEM fields, those pursuing a career as a K-12 science or mathematics teacher or those interested in a career beyond STEM fields–and those students still open to exploring their future.

A specific focus of the 2007 PKAL Summer Institute will be the lessons learned from the participating institutions in the PKAL Leadership Initiative.

Speakers, Facilitators & Discussion Leaders

Jeanne M. Andreoli, Marygrove College
Charles Blaich, Wabash College
Elizabeth S. Boylan, Barnard College
David F. Brakke, James Madison University
Peter J. Bruns, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Debbie Chachra, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Amy Chang, American Society for Microbiology
Dorothy Denburg, Barnard College
Judith A Dilts, James Madison University
Terence Favero, University of Portland
Brian K. Fitzgerald, Business Higher Education Forum
George B. Forsythe, Westminster College
Jeffrey Froyd, Texas A&M University
Gary A. Gabriele, Villanova University
James M. Gentile, Research Corporation
Melvin D. George, University of Missouri
Daniel L. Goroff, Harvey Mudd College
Louise Hainline, CUNY-Brooklyn College
John H. Hall, Morehouse College
Tori Haring-Smith, Washington & Jefferson College
Jack G. Hehn, American Institute of Physics
Robert C. Hilborn, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Richard L. Hughes, United States Air Force Academy
Ishrat M. Khan, Clark Atlanta University
Jillian Kinzie, National Survey of Student Engagement
Jay B. Labov, National Research Council
Arthur J. Lidsky, Dober, Lidsky, Craig & Associates
Benjamin Linder, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Bradford Lister, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Elizabeth F. McCormack, Bryn Mawr College
Gary C. McNay, Perkins+Will, Atlanta
Margaret A. Miller, University of Virginia
Alison I. Morrison-Shetlar, University of Central Florida
Sylvia F. Nadler, William Jewell College
J. Michael Pearson, Mathematical Association of America University
Clifton A. Poodry, National Institutes of Health
C. Gary Reiness, Lewis and Clark College
Christian Rojas, Barnard College
Carol G. Schneider, Association of American Colleges & Universities
Lance Shipman, Morehouse College
Susan R. Singer, Carleton College
Linda L. Slakey, National Science Foundation
Mark Somerville, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
John Starr, Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
David Statman, Allegheny College
Steven Stroessner, Barnard College
Daniel F. Sullivan, St. Lawrence University
James E. Swartz, Grinnell College
Rita A. Teutonico- National Science Foundation
Carole Wedge, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott


Institute Notebook
Focusing on leadership, student learning & institutional transformation
Mission, Vision, Goals & Strategies
Focusing on leadership, student learning & institutional transformation


A Conversation with Daniel M. Litynski
National Science Foundation
Daniel Litynski
Developing an Institutional Environment that Stimulates Creativity
Tori Haring-Smith
This is a transcript of President Tori Haring-Smith’s opening speech, “Creativity as a Goal for Student Learning,” given at the 2007 PKAL Summer Institute.
Eliminating Stereotype Threat Through Best Practices
Catherine Good, Steven Stroessner
Focusing on Leadership, Student Learning & Institutional Transformation
Gary A. Gabriele, Arthur J. Lidsky
Imagining & Achieving Spaces
Unique Solutions to Advance Science Learning
Gary C. McNay, John Starr
Introductory Biology at Grinnell College
A Transition Based Upon Learning Goals
James E. Swartz
Leadership & Decisions: Managing Tradeoffs
Daniel L. Goroff
Leading Educational Transformation
Richard L. Hughes
Making Decisions: Linking Space to Strategic Plans
Daniel L. Goroff, Carole Wedge
Shaping Programs & Spaces to Accommodate 21st Century Pedagogies & Technologies
Gary A. Gabriele
The Complexity of Educational Reform
Bradford C. Lister
The PKAL LI Experience
Findings from the Inquiry Task Force
Jeffrey E. Froyd
What Works: Creativity as a Goal for Organizational Change
Debbie Chachra, Benjamin Linder, Mark Somerville
What Works: Programs Designed for the STEM Major
Research Rich & Interdisciplinary
Ishrat M. Khan, Clifton A. Poodry

Reports, Best Ideas, & Proceedings

Fostering Creativity as a Goal for Student Learning & Institutional Transformation
Tori Haring-Smith
This interview is a follow up to the opening speech given by President Tori Haring-Smith on “Creativity as a Goal for Student Learning” at the 2007 PKAL Summer Institute.
How Can We Promote Creativity?
Tori Haring-Smith
This is a summary of President Tori Haring-Smith’s opening speech, Creativity as a Goal for Student Learning, given at the 2007 PKAL Summer Institute.
Leadership: Institutional Context & Culture
Interview: Richard Hughes
Richard L. Hughes
Thinking Strategically: Leading Institutional Transformation
Essay: Richard Hughes
Richard L. Hughes