Questions to think about

Building Vital Undergraduate STEM Departments and Programs
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

December 5 - 7, 2003


  • What needs to change in the faculty reward system to permit the growth of interdisciplinary courses, programs and research?

  • How can small institutions support the start-up funds and the time required for faculty to be research active?

  • What kinds of institutional support structures are needed to support faculty research? Student research? Curriculum innovation?

  • What are the best practices for incorporating faculty research into courses?

  • How can we introduce students early to the research process?

  • How can departments begin to plan together to improve currriculum?

  • How can departments begin to plan together to build institutional support for faculty and student research?

  • What are the best practices for mentoring beginning faculty? For rejuvenating all faculty?

  • What are the best practices for building community across disciplinary lines?

  • Where can colleges acquire the funding for curricular and faculty student research initiatives?

  • As interdisciplinary programs evolve, should they become departments?

  • How can departments increase faculty and student diversity?

  • What are the roles of departments in pre-service and in-service teacher preparation? How can we introduce research processes to these students?