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- Professor Marie Turner Chosen to Represent Curry College at PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes in Colorado
Professor Marie Turner Chosen to Represent Curry College at PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes in Colorado
June 13, 2012
Curry College chemistry professor Marie Turner is one of 40 faculty leaders nationwide to be accepted to attend the prestigious Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2012 PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes for early and mid-career STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty. This year's two institutes will be held in July and August at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone, Colorado.
"STEM faculty attend PKAL's Summer Leadership Institutes to learn what it takes to lead major reform efforts in their departments and programs. They also come to network with other STEM faculty who are working to improve undergraduate STEM learning and success," said PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod.
The Summer Leadership Institutes are designed around a carefully coordinated blend of theory and practice, weaving discussions of issues of national import with experiences about the politics of change together with time for conversations and reflections with mentors. Mentors will work with participants during the institute in shaping that agenda for action and will continue to serve as mentors to their colleagues during the coming year.
Since its founding in 1989, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has been one of the leading advocates in the United States for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With an extensive network of nearly 7,000 faculty members and administrators at over 1,000 colleges, universities and organizations, PKAL has developed far-reaching influence in shaping undergraduate STEM learning environments that attract and retain undergraduate students.
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,250 member institutions-including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities of every type and size.
"We look forward to the infusion of fresh ideas that Marie will bring back to the College," said Jerold Touger of Curry's science and math department.