Midwest and Great Plains 2020 Summer Conference

The Midwest and Great Plains Summer Conference will be held in a virtual format this year on July 14, 21, and 29, 2020.  

The PULSE Midwest and Great Plains Network is a community of practice built around the implementation of Vision and Change recommendations in a 13-state region including IA, IL, IN, KA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD and WI.  There are 10 PULSE Leadership Fellows coordinating this network and hosting the Summer Conference, as well as a planning committee that includes previous conference participants. The conference includes time and resources to help teams develop Vision and Change implementation plans for their departments, using facilitative leadership and creative problem-solving strategies.



Conference Highlights

Implementation Planning

This virtual conference will include time and resources to help participants start developing Vision and Change implementation plans for their departments, using facilitative leadership and creative problem-solving strategies.


Conference participants will have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Colbeck, the PULSE Fellows, and other participants in Q&A sessions and in activities related to the interactive workshops.


Tuesday July 14, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT

Keynote Speaker:  Carol L. Colbeck, PhD

C. L. Colbeck

Dr. Colbeck is an expert in higher education administration focused on STEM education reform, faculty work, and gender and ethnic equity.  She served as Director of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and Dean of Education at both the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.   As a consultant, she co-developed the PULSE Theory of Change, evaluated the processes and effectiveness of PULSE Ambassadors and PULSE Midwest Great Plains department change efforts.


Presentation title -  Making Department Change Happen: Impact of MWGP PULSE


Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am CDT

Interactive Workshop I - Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity In Your Courses

The Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education report challenges faculty to improve the learning of the increasingly diverse students who come to our classrooms.  There has been a corresponding increase in research on how to welcome and respond helpfully to social, economic, and ethnic diversity, and also to students who have mental health challenges or learning disabilities.  In this workshop we will review data on what helps diverse students manage their learning, examine data on approaches that narrow achievement gaps, and reflect on changes you can make in your own courses to enhance learning for all students.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am CDT

Interactive Workshop II - Creative Problem Solving and Facilitative Leadership to Plan for Change

The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to strategies and tools for eliciting and benefitting from the rich diversity of ideas contributed by all stakeholders in a department. Participants will gain experience with these tools, which they can continue to use in their own departments to develop a shared vision and implement solutions to departmental challenges


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Deadline to register is July 12, 2020