PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century

F21 Newsletter

January 2008

Happy New Year

from the PKAL National Office

Some news about and from the PKAL F21 Community.

Summer Leadership Institute at Baca

    The 2008 Summer Leadership Call for Applications is now available online; the application deadline is February 4, 2008. The 2008 Summer Leadership Institute is being held July 19 – 24, 2008 at Baca/Crestone, Colorado. This Institute is 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).

Networking Opportunities: Second Life – Useful tool for networking?

  • Can Second Life serve as a useful tool for PKAL networking? Wally Shriner, Michael Russell, and Valory Thatcher (from Mt. Hood Community College) along with Liz Dorland (Washington University) have created online “persona” (called avatars in the lingo of Second Life) to explore the educational and networking potential of this ever-expanding internet-based virtual world. If you have been wondering what all the buzz is about or if you already have an “in world” presence, you are invited to join Wally (aka EO Darwin), Valory (aka Serrillion Setsuko), Michael (aka Regulus Darkstone), and Liz (aka Chimera Cosmos) by downloading your free version of the client software, creating your own alias, and sending a message to EO Darwin. And, if you want to communicate to Wally in the real world, his email is

Networking Opportunities: January 2008 AAC&U Meeting

  • Are you attending the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) being held from January 23 – 26, 2008 in Washington, DC? If so, please let us know if you are interested in joining fellow PKAL F21-ers for a late dinner on Friday, January 25 at 7 PM. Please RSVP to by January 15. We'll plan the details after we know who and how many will join us for dinner! Lisa Lewis, Associate Dean of Faculty— Albion College and Patrick Reynolds, Associate Dean of Faculty— Hamilton College.

Opportunities to connect beyond PKAL: The Physics Teacher Education Coalition