PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century

Call for Nominations: F21 Class of 2008

Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2008

Started in 1994, the Faculty for the 21st Century Network is a national network of emerging leaders in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More than 1200 strong, faculty become members through nomination by their senior administrators who have identified them as having demonstrated leadership potential within their local community and with the potential for national leadership into the decades to come. Known as PKAL F21 (Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century), this network offers members a wide range of opportunities to become productive agents of change and visible leaders within their campus and disciplinary communities.

F21 Nomination Process

We invite campuses to nominate member(s) of their STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) faculty for membership in the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century Network, Class of 2008. The process is simple, in two parts—a nomination letter from a senior administrator by the end of June and a personal statement from the nominee by September 15.

Step One

    A senior administrator on the home campus identifies one or more STEM faculty within the community who demonstrates leadership potential in how they: are making a difference in the learning of their students; are taking responsibility for programmatic initiatives at the departmental, programmatic and institutional level; and exemplify the kind of institutional leader who will be able to benefit from and contribute to this PKAL connection.

    A letter of nomination (one-page, on institutional letterhead) should be sent to The letter should describe both the leadership potential of the nominee and the anticipated value of this connection to your broader campus community. Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2008

Step Two

    Each nominee prepares a personal statement reflecting on what ‘leaders and leadership’ means to him or her, considering the grounding theories of leadership that can inform and inspire one’s evolution as a leader, given the particular institutional culture and societal context in which they are now situated.

    The statements should be submitted electronically to Statements should have no more than 400-words and are to be an MS Word document in Times New Roman, 11 point font. Include the following information at the top of the statement: Name, Title, Department, Institution, Phone, Fax, and Email. Statement Deadline: September 15, 2008

    F21 statements will be included in PKAL Volume IV: What Works, What Matters, What Lasts, PKAL's online publication, as well as in other PKAL publications. All statements are gathered into an annual Collection of Statements and distributed widely, within and beyond the Project Kaleidoscope community.

Nominees will be contacted during the fall with an introductory leadership assignment, designed to connect him or her to the larger F21 network. Since 1994, the PKAL F21 network has grown from the initial class of 1994 to over 1300 faculty in all STEM disciplines. With the maturing the F21 network, we are building formal mentoring opportunities for newer F21 classes.

To learn more about the benefits of F21 membership click here.


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