PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century

F21 Newsletter

December 2007

Happy Holidays

from the PKAL National Office

Some news about and from the PKAL F21 Community.

The PKAL F21 Class of 2007

  • Seventy-four new members were welcomed into the PKAL F21 network as the Class of 2007, representing 46 colleges and universities.
  • Nominees were invited to share their reflections on leadership and interview someone in their community they considered a leader. Their reflections and interviews will be shared during the coming months. The first of these are included in this week’s Volume IV posting giving their insights about leaders— as artist, as chaos-manager, as educator, as influencer, as learner, and as motivator.

PKAL F21 Leadership Development

    As noted previously, NSF (Directorates for BIO/MPS) awarded PKAL $100,000 supporting three years of PKAL F21 leadership development activities. One leadership development opportunity supported by this grant is the 2008 Summer Leadership Institute (July 19 – 24) at Baca/Crestone, Colorado. The 2008 Summer Leadership Institute will be targeted at mid-career F21 members in leadership positions. For those of you that have not had previous opportunities to attend, please mark the dates and consider applying. The F21 co-pi’s on this grant are Beth Cunningham (Provost—Illinois Wesleyan University) and Jessica Young (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs—Western State College of Colorado). Other F21 mentors involved in planning the institute include Bryan Penprase (Chair of Physics and Astronomy— Pomona College) and Elizabeth McCormack (Professor of Physics & Chair of the General Faculty— Bryn Mawr College). More information and the application form for the Institute will be posted in early January. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2008.

Professional Opportunities Available

Opportunities to connect beyond PKAL

  • MIT’s Phillip Long (Associate Director of Outreach & Opportunity, Office of Education Innovation and Technology) invites PKAL F21 members to take advantage of ilabs. iLabs is dedicated to the proposition that online laboratories— real laboratories accessed through the Internet— can enrich science and engineering education by greatly expanding the range of experiments that students are exposed to in the course of their education. Unlike conventional laboratories, iLabs can be shared across a university or across the world. The iLabs vision is to share expensive equipment and educational materials associated with lab experiments as broadly as possible within higher education and beyond.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Robert Mathieu (Director of the NSF-funded Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning [CIRTL]) is collaborating with PKAL to connect CIRTL Ph.D. students with PKAL F21 members, as a means to facilitate transition from graduate school to a teaching career. How this plays out is still under discussion, but there will be opportunities for informal mentoring and more. If you review CIRTL materials, you will note this is a win-win collaboration.

Please update your entry in the PKAL F21 Directory.

We plan an irregular series of alerts and news to and about the PKAL F21 community. If you have something to share, please let us know.