Upcoming Events

2015 POD / AAC&U Organizational Development Institute



01/20/15 - 01/24/15

Leading and Participating in Campus-Level Change: Risks, Rewards & Strategies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The theme of the 2015 Centennial AAC&U Annual Meeting is Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative. Faculty development centers and professionals are uniquely situated to help institutions practically translate this theme into campus-level action, helping stakeholders to move beyond conceptual commitments to global learning, educational equity, and liberal learning. As “educators are working to prepare today’s diverse students for a world of global interconnection” (AAC&U 2015 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals), faculty developers are working to prepare the educators who will drive these changes.

This institute will help attendees think through the ways in which their faculty development centers or committees are poised to participate in or lead new initiatives. It will also have relevance for faculty and administrators who do not have formal “centers” or who are currently in the process of developing a center. Participants will consider “big picture” questions such as:

  • How can you balance your center’s need to provide more “routine” faculty support with participation/leadership in larger strategic initiatives?
  • As you consider your involvement, what is the broader strategic purpose of this initiative for your center or institution?
  • Who are the stakeholders in this initiative? What are the politics involved that might impact center involvement?
  • How does – or might – the initiative tie into your center’s mission, the institution’s mission and the directives identified by AAC&U?
  • What unique resources and expertise do you bring to support initiatives inspired by the AAC&U Annual Meeting theme?
  • What are the potential benefits and risks of your involvement (or lack thereof) as your campus moves forward?

39th Annual POD Conference 2014



11/06/14 - 11/09/14

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We enthusiastically invite you to participate in the 39th Annual POD conference to be held in Dallas, TX at the Intercontinental Dallas, November 5-9, 2014!

This year’s conference theme is Leverage. This theme invites us to explore the various roles that we play as faculty developers, administrators, teachers, and students, and the ways in which we capitalize on the assets around us to meet the many needs of the higher education community, ideally doing more and better work with less effort. We hope this theme and conference will build on Kathryn Plank’s 2013 Presidential Address, during which we all contemplated who we are and our relationship to the meaningful work that we do. In that spirit, how do we leverage who we are to better accomplish all that we are asked to do, and why do we persevere?

The concept of “leverage” can have many implications in our work, and this year’s conference will examine the myriad manifestations of our need and ability to do more with less. We certainly leverage our resources every day as we manage teaching and learning centers, departments, and offices, sometimes even on a shoestring budget or with a skeleton crew of staff. How do we make the most of the resources that we have available so that we remain effective, and how do we do this without overtaxing ourselves in the process?

We must also leverage our knowledge along with the knowledge of others to function successfully in the rapidly changing world of academia; research continuously informs our best practices for the advancement of learning and the improvement of teaching. We likewise leverage our experience to lead from above as well as to push from below to influence meaningful change on our campuses through programming and consultations, and to stay relevant and deftly navigate the political landscape of our campuses. What knowledge has been especially powerful and meaningful to your work, and how have you successfully shared it with others? In what ways have you built from and shared your experience to help those who have come after you to avoid mistakes and better succeed? How do we utilize that knowledge and experience in our scholarly practices to facilitate innovation and change?

Our work also relies heavily upon leveraging the communities with which we engage and our ability to connect with others. We must foster relationships on and beyond our own campuses, both personally and professionally, because our effectiveness is often inextricably connected to our interpersonal skills. And perhaps most importantly, our work requires leveraging our heart – the drive to help others, a passion for good teaching that fosters deeper learning, and a desire to endure because the work is meaningful and important. How do we draw strength from our community, and remember the heart at the core of our work during times of upheaval and change? How do we continue to pave the way for academic excellence and foster a culture that values teaching?

The vast metropolis of Dallas, Texas is an appropriate setting for our conference as we investigate the enormity and variety of our work. “Big D” is the 9th largest city in the United States, and flexibility and innovation have helped it grow from its humble beginnings as a farming and cattle town to a powerful center for corporate commerce, art, and culture, with bases in computer technology, energy, telecommunications, and healthcare. Dallas is clearly a city that has learned how to leverage its strengths, and as such is the perfect place for us to explore our own power of leverage! For more information about the amazing things that Dallas has to offer, visit

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas this year!

Allison Boye, Conference Co-Chair
Jake Glover, Conference Co-Chair
Bill Watson, Program Co-Chair
David Sacks, Program Co-Chair