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2010 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute
July 17 - 22, 2010
Baca Campus of Colorado College
This is a special invitation to early-career STEM faculty engaged with transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms and departments to apply for the 2010 PKAL Summer Leadership Institute. The 2010 Summer Leadership Institute is designed to enhance the leadership capacity and ability for early career faculty to act as agents of change within their home institutions or professional societies to reform STEM education.
The Summer Institute will be held July 17 – 22, 2010 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado. It is the 11th Summer Leadership Institute.
Comments from past institute participants:
“In particular, I attended the life changing PKAL Leadership Institutes, funded by NSF. This weeklong workshop helped me analyze my career, set goals consistent with my talents and passions and construct a framework to enable my success by identifying benchmarks at critical points in my career. I am eternally grateful for having PKAL in my life and on my campus.”
“I went to Baca in 2004 and it was a life-changing experience. The leadership skills and professional networks I developed in that short week have had an immeasurable impact on my career and on my students’ learning and their careers.”
“As I look back on my career, one of the tipping points was when I became a member of the PKAL family. I had always had the life goal of creating environments that promote learning, and in joining PKAL, was able to learn the skills, behaviors and attributes of leadership that facilitated me moving forward to achieve that goal. I learned how to create effective learning environments, I made contacts that increased my sphere of influence and I developed leadership skills that, on my return to my own campus, facilitated me taking more and more leadership roles.”
Participants will have opportunity to:
- engage in discussions about national, regional and local challenges and opportunities facing faculty engaged in improving STEM education
- learn from experience how to deal with the political dimensions of change: how to influence, negotiate and communicate, as well as the importance of understanding the institutional culture as well as the changing context for leadership
- reflect privately and with mentors and peers on the personal responsibilities of being an agent-of-change, and on one’s potential for leadership, to make a lasting difference for the communities of which you are a part.
The Summer Leadership Institutes are designed around a carefully coordinated blend of theory and practice, weaving discussions of issues of national import with experiences about the politics of change together with time for conversations and reflections with mentors. Institute mentors have a key role in guiding the conversations, as they bring to the table first-hand experience in leadership in institutional change at the local and national levels. Pedagogical approaches include case-studies, role-playing, field trips and collaborative problem solving exercises, and experiential learning is a significant part of the institute. Mentors will work with participants during the institute in shaping that agenda for action and will continue to serve as mentors to their colleagues during the coming year.
The Summer Leadership Institute is supported by the National Science Foundation and all costs at the institute are covered. Applicants or their institutions do need to cover travel costs to and from the institute. Travel stipends are available for faculty at historically Black colleges and universities and from Hispanic-serving institutions.