Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

September 24: People making a difference in institutional transformation


The focus of PKAL, 2004 - 2006, is on institutional transformation, and all activities are grounded on the premise that if the current momentum to transform the undergraduate STEM learning environment is to be sustained, there must be:

  • an informed cadre of leaders taking advantage of new opportunities facing their campus community, faculty who have analyzed advances in scientific and technological fields and who recognize how those advances call for a reexamination of the present culture, of the policies and practices that shape that culture
  • buy-in at the institutional level to support the work of these leaders.

NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholars

The impact of institutional culture
In interviews with recipients of the NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholars award, we asked about the impact of their institutional culture in enabling them to pursue new directions and approaches in their work as a teaching scholar.

Visit the NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholars website for information about the October 20th deadline for 2005 nominations.

PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century Class of 2004 Statements

A similar set of convictions is evident in communications with members for the PKAL F21 Network. Informed relationships between current and future generations of campus leaders are a key factor in fostering the kind of institutional and individual risk-taking in the exploration and examination of what works to ensure student persistence and success in STEM classrooms and labs.

  • Shubhik DebBurman
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Lake Forest College


  • Lisa L. Ely
    Professor and Department Chair of Geological Sciences
    Central Washington University


  • Ben B. Whitlock
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    West Virginia Wesleyan College