Agenda

Ensuring the Success of Under-represented Groups in STEM Learning Environments
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

October 3 - 5, 2003

Co-sponsors:

Friday, October 3, 2003
Pre-event activities
12:00 - 3:00 pm Registration
12:15 - 2:30 pm Leaders planning session
1:00 - 2:30 pm Tour of new spaces for science at Rowan University
3:00 - 4:15 pm

Plenary I:
Welcome, introductions & logistics
Donald J. Farish, President, Rowan University

Keynote presentation: The role of institutional leadership in ensuring the success of under-represented groups in STEM learning environments
Speaker:
Sadie Bragg, Senior Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs- CUNY-Borough of Manhattan Community College


4:15 - 5:00 pm Plenary II: Panel
A kaleidoscope of perspectives: What works- Considering institutional options & opportunities

Moderator:
Sylvia T. Bozeman, Associate Provost for Science & Mathematics, Spelman College

Panelists:
Thomas Brady, Dean, College of Science, University of Texas at El Paso
Elizabeth F. McCormack, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Physics, Bryn Mawr College Catherine Middlecamp, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Theodore Williams, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, College of Wooster


5:00 - 5:30 pm At-the-table discussion: The role of disciplinary societies & educational associations (DSEAs)

5:30 - 6:15 pm An experiential exercise in leadership
Facilitated by PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) members

6:15 - 7:00 pm Reception & poster session in the Atrium
Show and tell of programs that work

7:00 - 8:15 pm Dinner

8:15 - 9:00 pm Plenary III:
Spotlighting the host institution: The Rowan experience

Maria V. Tahamont, Professor of Biological Sciences, Rowan University
and Rowan University colleagues

Saturday, October 4, 2003
8:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast discussion: Sharing successes in overcoming barriers to building a diverse national science community of students and faculty
Tables will be available (non-assigned) for disciplinary conversations, as well as for faculty and administrators from different types of colleges and universities.

8:45 - 9:00 am Comments from DSEAs

9:15 - 9:45 am Plenary IV:
Retention after recruitment

Thomas Brady, Dean, College of Science, University of Texas at El Paso


9:45 - 10:00 am Break

10:00 - 11:15 am Breakout & case study sessions: Institutional approaches to ensuring retention after recruitment
  • Meeting the "diversity requirement" in science courses
    Catherine Middlecamp, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Designing learning communities
    Thomas Brady, Dean, College of Science, University of Texas at El Paso

  • Mentoring students & faculty
    Nkechi Agwu, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Borough of Manhattan Community College

  • Engaging in undergraduate research
    David R. Kanis, Professor of Chemistry, Chicago State University

  • Focusing on first-year experiences
    Maria V. Tahamont, Professor of Biological Sciences, Rowan University


11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch & Plenary V:
Community and connections: Enhancing the math skills of Baltimore pre-college students

Arnold Packer, Senior Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University

1:30 - 2:45 pm Breakout & case study sessions
  • K-16 partnerships with school districts
    Mary L. Crowe, Associate Professor of Biology, Coastal Carolina University
    Paul Grobstein, Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology, Bryn Mawr College
    Itzick Vatnick, Associate Professor of Biology, Widener University

  • K-16 partnerships through the general public (Girl Scouts, children's museums, education centers)
    David L. Smith, Director of Professional Development, Discovery Center of Science & Technology

  • Postgraduate degree connections
    Rhonda J. Hughes, Helen Herrmann Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College
    Diana Campbell, Program Coordinator, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program

  • Internships, service learning, and career connections
    Benjamin Cuker, Professor of Marine Science, Hampton University

  • Partnerships across the academic community
    Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Morgan State University


2:45 - 3:00 pm Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm Plenary VI: Panel
The Role of Disciplinary Societies & Educational Associations

Moderator:
Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Morgan State University

Panelists:
Stephanie Allen, American Chemical Society
Bertha Holiday, American Psychological Association
Arlene Modeste-Knowles, American Physical Society


4:30 - 5:15 pm Plenary VII:
Rethinking diversity: The culture of the learning environment- Is "science" the problem?

Catherine Middlecamp, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

5:15 - 6:00 pm Cluster groups
Time to work on agendas for action, with the guidance of assembly colleagues.

6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner

7:30 - 9:30 pm 10th Anniversary Celebration of the PKAL F21 Network - Country Dancing

Sunday, October 5, 2003
7:45 - 8:45 am Breakfast discussion
Discussing what works in advancing the agenda

Facilitated by members of the PKAL F21 community

9:00 - 9:45 am Plenary VIII: Panel
Ensuring a vital faculty & vital departments

Moderator:
Sylvia T. Bozeman, Associate Provost for Science & Mathematics, Spelman College

Panelists:
Lawrence Panek, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Widener University
Karen C. Rose, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Widener University
Dennis Weiss, Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


9:45 - 10:00 am Break

10:00 - 10:45 am Plenary IX: Panel
The role of disciplinary societies

10:45 - 11:30 am Poster session
Participants will have the opportunity to present the agendas for action developed by their institutional team for comment and suggestions from fellow participants.

Discussion will then focus on what works, the characteristics of instiutional and departmental vitality, based on the PKAL experience.


11:30 am - 12:15 pm Plenary X: Closing
Considering barriers and opportunities

Moderator:
Paul Grobstein, Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology, Bryn Mawr