Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Upcoming Project Kaleidoscope Events

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is an education reform initiative in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields supported by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Below are a list of conferences and events offered by PKAL. Those interested in teaching in the STEM disciplines might be interested in attending or presenting at some of these conferences.

We are pleased to announce that the Transforming STEM Education Conference will be held October 31- November 2, 2013, in San Diego, CA. This Conference will address three primary themes:

  • Advancing Integrative and Problem-Centered STEM Learning;
  • Supporting Underrepresented Student Achievement and Reversing the Talent Loss in STEM Fields; and 
  • Supporting and Scaling Faculty Leadership and Success
Additionally, we are honored to be able to welcome to the STEM Conference several distinguished keynote speakers including: Dr. David Asai (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Dr. Sandra McGuire (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Susan Singer (National Science Foundation).  More information about the conference -- including registration and meeting logistics -- is available on our website. We look forward to seeing you there.

This semester, PKAL will support a robust schedule of Regional Network Meetings.  Each Regional Meeting has been uniquely tailored to address major issues and concerns facing STEM higher education including student-centered teaching and learning, STEM student success, and technology in STEM teaching.  I encourage you to peruse this list and consider participating in an event within your geographic region.

Meeting Title:
Tech in Teaching
Georgia Institute of Technology

G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons

266 Fourth Street, NW

Atlanta, Georgia
October 14, 2013
Contact Person:
Ms. Christina Shute, shute@aacu.org

Meeting Title:
Promoting STEM Student Success, Engagement, and Retention
North Carolina A&T University

Alumni-Foundation Event Center

200 North Benbow Road

Greensboro, North Carolina
October 7, 2013
Contact Person:
Ms. Christina Shute, shute@aacu.org


We are very excited to once again host two PKAL sessions at the AAC&UAnnual Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC on January 22-25, 2014. 

As you are aware, many of the national recommendations for reform of STEM higher education pedagogies rely heavily upon the combined scientific acumen, cultural competence, pedagogical prowess, professional development, and overall well-being of STEM faculty. 

The 2014 PKAL Sessions will emphasize the underlying organizational change and social science theories that best explain institutional and/or departmental barriers to implementation of better STEM pedagogies, as well as provide attendees with specific strategies for recruiting, retaining, and advancing STEM faculty, particularly those from underrepresented groups. 

Our session moderators will be Dr. Gertrude Fraser, Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment & Retention at the University of Virginia; and Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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