Summer Leadership Initiatives & Mini Leadership Seminars

C. Why

To recognize that leadership can be learned through a process of self-discovery and intentional study within a supportive community. The premise of this project, however, is that preparation for leadership in the 21st century STEM must be undertaken from the perspective of the present and the future of these disciplines, rather than from a general survey of leadership.

To recognize that leadership can be learned through a process of self-discovery and intentional study within a supportive community. The premise of this project, however, is that preparation for leadership in the 21st century STEM must be undertaken from the perspective of the present and the future of these disciplines, rather than from a general survey of leadership. Unique to this project is the exploration of generic leadership qualities within the context of examining and coming to understand a specific vision for STEM education in the 21st century. Further, this project engages leadership at an early state of their career and provides continuing support for their work, recognizing that leadership training cannot be a one-time exercise.

To foster a formal network of leaders that has a collective impact on shaping the future of undergraduate STEM in this country, as they are more knowledgeable of contemporary issues and of the role of leaders in influencing communities of practice. This network, unique as it transcends across boundaries of discipline, institution type, and geographic region, will have a positive effect on the quality of scientific and technological communites far into this century. Equally important, this project will have an impact on the campuses of individual participants, as they gain the ability to build the collaborating communities that overcome obstacles to reform, leaders open to new ideas and with a commitment to explore those ideas with their community. Finally, the ultimate beneficiary of these institutes wil be students, who will have the good fortune to work with faculty who are open to new ideas and willing to take intellectual and pedagogical risk.