The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The five-day intensive Institute provides faculty participants with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of such change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform effort.
PKAL has been offering Summer Leadership Institutes since 1996. Currently, over 40 percent of Institute alumni hold positions of leadership on their home campus.
Mertz, who has been teaching at St. Mary’s College since 2007, is a Regional Director (Southeast region) for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Undergraduate Affiliate Network. Mertz also serves on the steering committee for the ASBMB RCN UBE project. Her research focuses on lipid metabolism as well as intracellular synthesis of drugs.