PKAL Volume IV: What Works, What Matters, What Lasts

Shaping a Meaningful Career in Undergraduate STEM: Perspectives from the Field

April 24, 2008

Many things have to be in place for STEM faculty, at any and all stages of their professional life, to achieve a rewarding scholarly career. It takes an institutional culture in which leaders are seen as those making a difference for students, for the campus community, and for the world beyond. It takes attention to the nuts and bolts of providing money, time, and connections for faculty to explore new ideas, seek out new colleagues, and implement and assess new approaches in the classroom and lab. It takes formal institutional policies and practices relative to review and tenure.

Over the past two decades, PKAL has focused on what works as STEM faculty seek to shape a rewarding scholarly career. We are compiling resources from the PKAL archive and website into a Handbook for STEM Faculty. It includes reflections from faculty at different career stages about what works for them; it also includes essays and reports from faculty and administrators about how to make the critical investments that ensure STEM faculty (and faculty in all disciplines) achieve a rewarding scholarly career. This is a work-in-progress and we invite your comments.