Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together interested members around enduring subjects of interest and importance in the field of Educational Development. A new SIG can be formed by petition to the Core Committee; the petition should include the SIG’s mission and focus, a plan for leadership, at least 20 member signatures, and at least five people who are willing to serve in leadership positions. SIGs are eligible for POD Network electronic communications benefits such as a hosted listserv, web space, online community tools, and may host webinars or virtual gatherings using the POD Network online meeting platform throughout the year. SIGs may also request funds for special projects of benefit to SIG and POD Network members.

For more information about a specific SIG, send an email to podoffice@podnetwork.org.

Current SIGs

Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty

Chairs: Ann Coburn-Collins and Teresa Focarile

Core Representative: Lindsay Bernhagen

The mission of the Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty SIG is to promote and support work on our campuses that foster adjunct and part-time faculty development:

  • Encourages conference proposal submissions
  • Facilitates the annual conference Special Interest Group and Birds of a Feather meetings that explore issues of adjunct and part-time faculty.
  • Hosts an adjunct/part-faculty Google Group.  adjunct-sig-pod@podnetwork.org.  To join the group, send an email to adjunct-sig@podnetwork.org.
  • Distributes an annually updated bibliography on adjunct and part-time faculty references and resources

Please see WikiPODia for more details and contact information.


Graduate and Professional Student Development 

Chair: Katherine Kearns

Core Committee representative: Stacy Grooters

Matters relating to graduate student professional development


Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy 

Chairs: Kelsey Bitting and Michael Sweet

Core Representative: Hoag Holmgren

The mission of the Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy SIG is to explore and support the implementation of contemplative practices into postsecondary classrooms. To accomplish this mission, the SIG aims to (a) support educational developers interested in cultivating contemplative pedagogy practices and communities on their campuses, and (b) foster the development of concrete models of implementation and assessment of these practices in higher education settings. To join the group, email podoffice@podnetwork.org.


Small Colleges 

Chair: Jason Craig

Core Committee representative: Erica Bastress-Dukehart

Coordination of interests of persons working in a small college setting.



Chair: Matthew Holley

New Report: Connecting Centers for Teaching and Learning with STEM Education Centers

To support and connect colleagues within the POD Network who are actively engaged in STEM educational development and instruction. The SIG will provide a stable infrastructure for professional networking and peer assistance within/across STEM fields and institutional categories. It will also create capacity to organize POD programming such as conference sessions/workshops and related intervening events (online and in-person). In addition, the STEM SIG seeks to aggregate resources for practitioners who support STEM instruction and instructors and to support the dissemination of scholarship related to STEM educational development. An additional goal is to provide a bridge for communication and coordination with organizations involved in STEM education at a national level.


Teaching with Technology (TwT)

Chair: Georges Detiveaux

Core Representative: Francine Glazer

TwT’s goal is to support faculty developers who assist faculty with integrating technology into teaching and learning by providing resources on trends, issues, effective strategies, and new developments. The group’s activities include this public website, a members-only online discussion site, and POD Network conference sessions. In the future, we plan to offer face-to-face events, online events, and publications.



SIG Presidential Liaisons:

The role of the Presidential Liaison is to serve as a sounding board for either the SIG chair or Core representative on issues that span across committees, have implications for governance, budget, the organization as a whole, or the public face of the organization. The Presidential Liaison does not attend meetings routinely but instead recommends the chair invite the liaison to attend at appropriate times for particular agenda items with these broader implications.

President Elect:
Mary Wright
Kevin Barry
Past President:
Deandra Little

Small Colleges

Teaching with Technology

Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy

Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty