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What Works: Infusing a Global Dimension into the Undergraduate STEM Learning Environment
What Works: Linking Insights About How People Learn into Curricular Reform
What Works: Motivating Students to Pursue STEM Careers


Excerpts from the NRC Report Bio2010
"Biological concepts and models are becoming more quantitative, and biological research has become critically dependent on concepts and methods drawn from other scientific disciplines. The connections between the biological sciences and the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science are rapidly becoming deeper and more extensive. The ways that scientists communicate, interact, and collaborate are undergoing equally rapid and dramatic transformations..."

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10 Principles of Good Practice: Supporting Early-Career Faculty
This document includes: "ten principles of good practice; inventories to prompt department chairs, senior colleagues, and other academic leaders to examine their individual and institutional practices; and examples of concrete and innovative approaches to good practice being tried out now in a variety of institutional settings."


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: Investing in faculty - Ways and means
In the process of setting forth an institutional vision, primary attention must be given to the character and quality of the faculty. A clear understanding of the why and the how of investing in faculty must be an integral part of the strategic planning process.
A PKAL essay: Investing in Faculty at Every Career Stage
Alison I. Morrison-Shetlar, Kathleen Hohenleitner
It is essential for colleges and university to invest in faculty development at every career level. In the face of general concerns about research grants, endowments, regional and international partnerships, it is critical that institutions take time to reflect on the job faculty have at hand, that of teaching and learning.
A response to Facione's roadmap for securing a budget
Jessica R. Young
This commentary emphasizes for faculty the crucial lessons of Facione's essay. Young explains the importance of knowing this information early in one's faculty career in order to carry out the projects necessary in being a succesful agent of change.
Faculty and scholarly networks
Faculty and Scholarly Networks- Excerpts from Then, Now, and in the Next Decade: A Commentary on Strengthening Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education.
Getting Support & Budget for Your Great Idea, Part I
Peter Facione
Peter Facione's essay develops a scenario through which a faculty member (or a team of faculty) with a good idea builds internal connections within a campus in order to secure resources to advance their ideas. He urges faculty to figure out how a single good idea fits into their long-term goals for professional advancement, into the departmental and institutional priorities, and how to articulate that connection to people with decision-making responsibilities. His main point is that good administrators "remember people who have good ideas and show initiative and energy, even if [they] cannot support the person at that moment and in the way the person is asking. [They] are talent scouts and coaches, mentors and leaders...looking for motivated people whose work and vision they can use for the betterment of that person and of the school."
Hiring new faculty
Logistics, Landmines and Life-preservers for the Department Chair
Elizabeth S. Boylan
One of the most significant challenges a department chair faces involves the leadership of the process by which a new member of the department is recruited, hired and integrated into the local academic community.
How to Talk To Your Department Chair
C. Gary Reiness
Talking with your department chair (and dean) is necessary for many reasons: to obtain resources needed for your teaching and research, to determine whether you're making satisfactory progress toward promotion, and to negotiate the various aspects of faculty life.
Investing in Faculty: The Role of Leaders
An Essay
Jeanne L. Narum
Today's STEM leaders must invest in faculty. Investment includes making hiring decisions, socializing with faculty, evaluating their performance and rewarding them appropriately. Leaders must know the career trajectory of each faculty member and they must tailor their advice and counsel to individual personalities.
Preparing 21st Century Leaders: A Departmental Responsibility
The experience of the mathematics department at the United States Military Academy illustrates how to integrate a comprehensive faculty development program into departmental efforts to reform the curriculum and serve larger institutional goals for student learning.
Roles & Responsibilities of Academic Leaders
An Essay
Jeanne L. Narum
Building and sustaining faculty careers involves more than hiring a new body. Planning is critical to the success of the person, department and institution.
The importance of gifted individuals
Bruce Alberts
A series of personal insights reflects on the need for bold and progressive leadership to fight the forces that typically resist change.
The role of the science dean
James M. Gentile
The story from Hope College, about the impact of strong leadership at the divisional level from the science dean, is presented in an essay by James Gentile, currently dean of science at Hope. How such leadership helps to frame and form a sense of community that breaks down disciplinary boundaries, encourages the joint pursuit of a research-rich learning environment, and forsters the scholarly career of each member of the faculty in the context of serving broader institutional goals.
Why is Change Necessary for American Academic Institutions?
G. Doyle Daves
Worksheet to chart expectations, timing and impact of investing in faculty
PKAL developed a worksheet for administrators to determine the responsibilities of faculty and the support expected by faculty at different career stages.
Worksheet to determine the cost of investments to sustain quality faculty
PKAL developed a worksheet for faculty and administrators to assess the actual cost of faculty development activities.

Other Resources

Building a Faculty Community
Strong faculty are indispensible to healthy learning communities. This essay is excerpted from PKAL Volume I: Building Natural Science Communities.
Developing People and Programs
John B. Conway
Advice for department/program leaders on helping young and old faculty achieve their potential, and on developing tranformative programs within the confines and context of institutional structure.