Project Kaleidoscope Volume V: Then, Now & In the Next Decade

Collaborations Shaping the Future

Over the next several months, PKAL will be spotlighting some contemporary collaborations— formal and informal— undertaking strategic initiatives designed to ensure present and future students have access to a robust learning experience in undergraduate STEM classrooms and labs.

We begin with a focus on CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and, Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). CIRTL is an established, NSF-funded network of research universities providing graduate students an integrated preparation for their multiple roles when they become undergraduate STEM faculty. CIRTL resources on undergraduate STEM learning and teaching are important resources for any community— individual colleges or universities, disciplinary and professional societies— that sees STEM faculty development as one of their highest responsibilities. To begin, we invite your attention to the CIRTL Pillars:

At the June 2008 CIRTL Forum, CIRTL and PKAL collaborated in a session on First-year Scenarios for STEM Faculty. In parallel tracks, a team of PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) with CIRTL graduate students, first-year faculty, and PKAL senior leaders with graduate school deans, faculty, and advisors explored these scenarios and then reported back to compare insights and recommendations. These scenarios can serve as a resource for conversations on campuses engaging faculty at all career stages in exploring how such scenarios might play out given a local culture.

These upcoming stories build from the 1999 PKAL Report— Then, Now and in the Next Decade— which captured lessons learned from the formal and informal collaborations visible at that time. 2008 STEM stories look ahead to 2018— taking a kaleidoscopic examination of the undergraduate STEM learning environment. Setting the stage for these stories is an essay by PKAL Director Jeanne Narum in Liberal Education Spring 2008: Transforming Undergraduate Programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

AAC&U: Engaging Science, Advancing Learning: General Education, Majors, and the New Global Century
November 6 - 8, 2008