Tuesday, November 14 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
MA PKAL Regional Network: Promoting Professional Development, Networking, and Workforce Readiness

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The goal of this session is to introduce and invite participation in the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Massachusetts Regional Network by STEM faculty, staff and administrators at higher education institutions, and STEM industry representatives. During this session, members of the MA PKAL Regional Network will give the audience an introduction to the National PKAL Network and discuss the mission, vision, and goals of the Massachusetts Network to (1) increase STEM student success, persistence, and retention, (2) provide professional development and leadership development opportunities, (3) promote workforce readiness, and (4) disseminate resources. The panel will discuss progress toward the goals including background on past biannual Massachusetts network meetings in which STEM faculty from multiple institutions from across the state have shared best practices in higher education. After introducing the network, round table discussions will catalyze discussions between participants on how they and their institutions could benefit from participation in the network and how the network can best serve the needs their institutions. The panel is particularly interested in ideas and partnerships that address goals towards which the network has not made progress; ideas for topics and speakers for future regional meetings are of particular interest to the network steering committee. Finally, this will provide an excellent opportunity for institutions not currently involved in the network to attend these meetings and participate in the network.


Robin White

Assistant Professor of Biology, Westfield State University


Ann Billetz

Associate Professor of Biology, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Lorrie Comeford

Professor of Chemistry, Salem State University

Catherine Dignam

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Food Science, Framingham State University

Tuesday November 14, 2017 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Meeting Room E