To encourage discussion, PKAL proposes that the goal of the 21st century undergraduate STEM learning environment is to create and nurture leaders— students, faculty, and administrators— who are ready and able to take on big challenges; discomfort the comfortable; and be an influence of consequence in diverse communities. [As stated in the 2007 vision of the Purdue University School of Engineering] to create and nurture leaders who are innovative, with a strong work ethic, adaptable in a changing environment, ethical, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial, curious and consistent learners.
The theme of leaders developing leaders is woven very intentionally through all PKAL activities in the coming academic year. Many of these activities serve the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century Network (F21). Thus, we are pleased to announce:
- a new grant of $100,000 from the Directorates for Biological Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation to continue the series of summer leadership institutes for F21 members, beginning in June 2008
- the nomination process of F21 members of the Class of 2007, and the call for statements from members of the Classes of 1994 – 2006
- the 2007 PKAL F21 National Assembly, November 2 – 4, 2007, at Westfield Conference Center (near Dulles Airport).
From PKAL’s past and present experiences in leadership development, we have come to recognize that:
- leaders are in all spheres of responsibility on a campus, and thus that both significant top-down and bottom-up leadership support is needed to effect change that is pervasive and positive over the long-term
- leaders operate within a community, negotiating with and influencing colleagues working toward a common vision
- there must be intentional and visible attention to planning and procedures that enable the design, implementation and assessment of strategies for action, given the complexity of the context for leadership in academe
- the capacities for and abilities of leadership can be learned….by all members of the undergraduate learning community.
We invite colleagues to review PKAL essays and reports on leadership, assembled from the PKAL Archives.