Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

April 23: The PKAL F21 network - A national resource

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • What Works: A PKAL resource
    Perspectives on faculty leadership from the 2003 PKAL Assemblies
    The key essay captures insights from the 2003 PKAL assemblies (all chaired by F21 members) about "what works" as faculty take responsibility for tackling specific leadership agendas for their campus community.

    The PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) network includes over 1200 faculty from all of the STEM disciplines from 500 campuses across the country. They are taking the lead in local and national efforts to strengthen and sustain excellence in undergraduate STEM. For more information regarding the leadership roles taken by the PKAL F21 community, click here.

  • What works: A PKAL essay
    Asking the right questions
    - John C. Warner, Professor of Chemistry - University of Massachusetts Boston
    "The key to quality chemistry education is not teaching the right answers, but teaching how to ask the right questions." A personal story.

  • What works: A PKAL essay
    Building a community of leaders: The PKAL F21 Experience
    - Jeanne L. Narum, Director - Project Kaleidoscope
    The challenge for leaders -- current and rising -- is to build an environment in which ideas flourish, are shared openly and freely, and where risks are taken, and the possibility of failure is acceptable: a community in which people of good faith have come together around a common vision and sense of purpose.

Resources from PKAL:

  • What works: A letter
    A letter to F21 leaders
    - Ed Ahnert, President - ExxonMobil Foundation
    The educational needs for a "science savvy" citizenry, properly prepared K-12 teachers, and a high-tech workforce can only be addressed if academic leaders with vision rise to the occasion. Leadership requires one to develop a position and take a stand. Make your voices be heard.

  • Faculty for the 21st Century Statements
    PKAL F21 members are persistent in thinking about their teaching and about the learning of their students. They are taking the lead in using technology to enhance learning, in building real-world problems into their classrooms, in connecting to communities beyond the campus. Statements and essays from individual F21 members, and comments from their senior administrators, put a personal face on individuals making a difference.

Resources from other sources:

TIP: Take 30 minutes to reflect on the communities and networks that support your work as a leader.