Summer Leadership Institutes & Mini Leadership Seminars

The National Science Foundation has awarded Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) a $100,000 grant to support a three-year series of leadership institutes and related activities for members of PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) assuming leadership responsibilities in mathematics and science education with their campus and professional communities. This funding enables us to build on the success of past and present PKAL initiatives focusing on developing leaders with the vision, political skills, and personal commitment to make a difference in American higher education in STEM fields.

A. What
One Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) a year (2008, 2009, 2010) will be offered, each for fifteen-twenty participants who will develop a leadership agenda for action appropriate for his or her particular circumstances and skills. In addition, each year, several one- or two-day Mini-Leadership Seminars (MLS) will be held.
B. How
The PKAL SLI model provides a unique blend of theory and practice in leadership development, drawing on the expertise of mentors who are recognized leaders in undergraduate STEM.
C. Why
To recognize that leadership can be learned through a process of self-discovery and intentional study within a supportive community. The premise of this project, however, is that preparation for leadership in the 21st century STEM must be undertaken from the perspective of the present and the future of these disciplines, rather than from a general survey of leadership.
D. Who
Project leadership and event alumni.
E. Project Background
This project builds on the success of past and present PKAL initiatives focusing on developing leaders with the vision, political skills, and personal commitment to make a difference in American higher education in STEM fields.
F. Resources