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Key characteristics of good departmental leadership
Lee W. Willard
By creating a coalition around issues relating to intellectual life and intellectual curiosity, an academic leader can help develop a broad commitment to a vision that links to greater institutional goals.
Renovating Space for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics
Richard Green
Renovating Space for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics

Keck Consultation Reports

Curricular Planning Must Come First
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
A thoughtful and well-articulated vision for teaching science is the most important element of a successful building project.
Leadership in Setting the Right Issues on the Table
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
This letter from the Keck/PKAL consultants advises a president of a college or university on planning new spaces for science.


A community that "works"
In PKAL-sponsored events over the years, participants have reflected on how the character of their community affects the process of planning, building, and sustaining strong programs.
A PKAL essay: K-12 science teachers: partners in community
College faculty should recognize that their students are bridges that link their world to the high schools: high school teachers pass students on to college, and many of those same students prepare in college for careers as teachers. The natural science community bridges the gap between levels of schooling.
A reflection on Personal characteristics of leaders
Anne C. Dema
Reflecting on her first PKAL F21 Leadership Institute in 1996, this F21 member discusses her experiences as a departmental leader. She comments on Mel George’s essay Personal Characteristics of Leaders and emphasizes the importance of "relational" leadership.
Asking the Right Questions: Toward Building Communities
Community is the spirited enactment of the conviction that ideas are important, and that they gain life when people bring different perspectives to their consideration. Communities embrace a common vision, yet allow— even promote— difficult dialogues. This is the challenge to leaders, within the faculty and the administration, as your planning proceeds.
Assembling Collaborating Communities
An Essay
Jeanne L. Narum
Taking the kaleidoscopic perspective on institutional transformation requires examining how the changing context calls for different kinds of collaborating communities pursuing new visions of institutional distinction.
Bringing community college faculty to the table to improve science education for all
W. Bradley Kincaid, Theodoros Koupelis, Walter M. Shriner, Leah E. Adams-Curtis, Nkechi M. Agwu, Elizabeth Marie Dorland, Daphne E. Figueroa, Linnea Fletcher, Laura A. Guertin, Carol Higginbotham, Thomas B. Higgins, Eileen L. Lewis, John M. Oakes, J. B. Sharma, Susan Shih
Building a community of leaders: The PKAL F21 Experience
Jeanne L. Narum
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
Creating a Community Dedicated to the Assessment of Student Learning
Jeanne L. Narum
One responsibility of leaders in undergraduate STEM is to keep their community focused on the quality of learning of their students- what lasts. Exercising this responsibility calls for discussions and negotiations to take place at many different stages in a long and iterative process...
Excerpts from essays
Guidelines for Collaboration : The Dean's Perspective
Jeanne L. Narum
This essay from PKAL Volume III outlines five specific "guidelines" for the work of committees with a leadership role in shaping new spaces for science. These guidelines- about finding consensus, respecting disagreement and diversity, etc.- are instructive for all committees working through the minefields of institutional change.
On Leadership In STEM
Presentation by P. Uri Treisman to the Project Kaleidoscope Leadership Committee
P. Uri Treisman
Leadership in disseminating ideas about reforms and about the process of reform is key to the strength of the 21st century undergraduate STEM community. In this essay, Treisman identifies his notion of "leadership" and he concludes that successful leaders inspire people to work collectively for the greater good.
Personal characteristics of leaders: An example
Gary P. Radice
This F21 commentary essay on Mel George’s Personal Characteristics of Leaders provides an example of a model leader- a revered and respected college football coach.
Spaces & Community
Jeanne L. Narum
A picture is worth a thousand words when talking about spaces and community.
The Ideal Facility for 21st Century Learning Communities
In 2003, PKAL engaged a roundtable of STEM faculty, architects and planning experts to envision how an ideal STEM facility could foster rich and integrated learning communities. This report describes key findings and provides a launching point for continued discussion on the role of architecture and design in creating spaces that work.
Top Ten Characteristics of Community

Best Ideas

Cranbrook Jigsaw Group C: The Science Building of the Future
Jigsaw: Group D