PKAL Sessions at the 2010 AAC&U Annual Meeting

A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives on Institutional Transformation - STEM & Beyond?

Questions that drove the thinking and planning and dreaming of the first cadre of PKAL leaders centered around getting students to share the passion of STEM practitioners (their faculty), to understand the power and potential, connectedness and relevance of the STEM disciplines “…from the very first day.” Twenty years ago, the documented dismalness of the lower level STEM courses was a major catalyst for mobilizing pioneering efforts to reinvent what students experienced ‘from the very first day.’ It is time to refocus on the lower level STEM courses, recognizing although that much has been accomplished, much still needs to be done if all students are to become engaged STEM learners. A new generation of PKAL leaders described their experiences in shaping a communal sense of how lower level STEM courses serve the institutional mission; motivate all students to consider careers in related fields—from K-12 science/math teacher to an engineer working on global environment issues; and prepare all students for leadership in these challenging times.

Facilitator: Jeanne Narum, Founding Director of Project Kaleidoscope; Presenters: Robin Bingham, Professor of Biology, Western State College of Colorado; Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor, Science, Technology and Society Program, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts; Kelly McConnaughay, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bradley University; Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of Central Florida; Kyle Seifert, Assistant Professor of Biology, James Madison University; Scott Van Bramer, Professor of Chemistry & Department Chair, Widener University