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

From the Archives II: The Roles of Faculty Leaders

July 20, 2007

A thread common to all PKAL activities is to foster the capacity for leadership of STEM faculty by providing significant opportunities to explore new ways of thinking about students, about science and technology, and about society. Our hope is that in such explorations, each faculty member will discover new ways of using his/her enthusiasm, energy, and passions to make a difference. This effort is shaped by our conviction that it is time to approach the question of "why change?" from the personal and institutional perspectives.

Since 1994, a central PKAL activity has been the development of the Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) network. Begun with support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, PKAL continues to build this national network of emerging leaders in undergraduate STEM. F21 members are faculty who have been identified by their senior administrators as having demonstrated leadership potential within their local community and with the potential for national leadership. The members of the PKAL F21 Network are leaders, who, to use the definition of Barbara Kellerman of Fairleigh Dickinson University, "make things happen that would not happen otherwise."

Here we present a short collection, from the archives, documenting the roles and perspectives of faculty leaders.