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 Special Interest Group

Chair: Katherine Kearns, Indiana University

Co-Chair: Kristi Rudenga, University of Notre Dame

Core Committee Liaison: Stacy Grooters

The Graduate and Professional Student Development (GPSD) Special Interest Group (SIG):

  • Addresses common concerns and issues among professional educational developers of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral fellows;

  • Fosters a sense of community for those engaging in graduate student/professional development (whether as developers, students, faculty, or administrators);

  • Facilitates sharing of resources and engaging in collaborative projects;

  • Provide information on graduate student development to the larger POD Network community;

  • Contributes to the scholarship of graduate student/professional student professional development;

  • Fosters career development of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars;

  • Takes a leadership role in contributing to and further defining the field of graduate student/professional student/postdoctoral scholar professional development; and

  • Cultivates a welcoming environment for graduate students, professional students, postdoctoral scholars, and educational developers of all backgrounds.

What does the GPSD SIG do?

The GPSD interest group has four working groups who coordinate and support our efforts within the POD and the larger educational development community.

Check out all of our Working Groups!

  • Conference and Service: Provides mentorship for preparing POD Network conference proposals, coordinates the POD Conference Networking Lunch event in collaboration with the Diversity and Outreach working group and prepares a list of GPSD-related sessions at the annual POD Conference.

  • Assessment and Evidence-Based Practice:Facilitates effective research and evaluation on initiatives related to the development of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars.

  • Outreach and Diversity: Provides pathways and mentorship to: graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars; educational developers whose work focuses on these target groups; and potential future educational developers.

  • Communications: Publicizes the visibility of GPSD issues and concerns within the GPSD interest group, within POD, and with other higher education communities. This group also collects and disseminates resources to the GPSD interest group and contributes items to the POD Newsletter regarding GPSD SIG news.

How do I join the GPSD SIG?

Our membership is open to anyone with an interest in professional educational development of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral fellows. An easy way to get involved with the GPSD Committee is to join our listserv, where you can learn more about current committee initiatives and receive updates. If you are interested in signing up for the Google Group, please contact us at: gpsd@podnetwork.org


  • We welcome any member of POD, including faculty, graduate student/professional student/postdoctoral scholar developers, graduate students, professional students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and administrators.

What happens after I join the GPSD SIG?

  • There are no POD membership expectations for participation in the GPSD interest group. POD members are welcome to join the GPSD SIG at any point in the year and are invited to join our Google Group and attend public, online meetings/events related to the development of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars.


Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy 

Chairs: Kelsey Bitting and Michael Sweet

Core Representative: Dorothe Bach

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

Core Representative: Victoria Bhavsar

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: Carl Moore

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:
Cassandra Horii
Mary Wright
Past President:
Kevin Barry

Small Colleges

Teaching with Technology
Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy

Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty