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2016 POD/AACU Organizational Development Institute



01/19/16 - 01/20/16

2016 POD/AACU ODI REGISTRATION-FORM (PDF) Strengthening Communication to Enhance Collaboration: Enlisting Allies in Service of Change in Academia Tuesday, January 19, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Wednesday, January 20, 9:00 am-12:00 pm The current atmosphere in North American higher education is charged with … Continued

2015 POD Conference | San Francisco, CA

November 4-8 | 40th Anniversary!

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Please check back in May for full details about conference registration, hotel details, and the many electrifying sessions, excursions, and events. We hope you’ll join us in San Francisco, November 4 – 8, to help celebrate POD’s 40th anniversary!

We are very excited to announce that we will have Dr. Beverly Tatum as the keynote speaker this year.

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Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as an expert in race relations and author of three influential books, Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race (1997), and Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987). Dr. Tatum was the 2005 recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education and the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. This year’s plenary format will be different from past years as we look to “flip” the traditional keynote address and provide the POD membership opportunities to shape the themes and ideas Dr. Tatum will explore with us in San Francisco. Keep an eye out for additional information on how to submit topics, questions, and ideas you would like included in POD’s first-ever “flipped” plenary discussion.


Due to the success of POD-U (POD Unconference) sessions last year we will continue to include Lighting Talks and Speed Geeking this year. We found that participants last year enjoyed the opportunity to explore and connect with others that had similar interests.

To help us commemorate the 40th annual POD Conference the conference committee is working with the History Committee to create a time capsule that will be opened in 2055. Stay tuned for more details on how you can contribute items to the time capsule. The collected materials will be displayed during the conference.

Downtown San Francisco

Our conference hotel is the San Francisco Hyatt Regency Airport ($149 per night: reservations accepted in May. Stay tuned for exact date.), located just south of the City of San Francisco. This lovely 4-star hotel provides inspiring meeting and gathering spaces, including a 10-story forested atrium, and many modern amenities. A complimentary hotel shuttle runs continuously to the airport and local BART station, providing easy access to the heart of the city. Taxis are also readily available.


Registration will officially open on July 1st. If you must register earlier (to use end of year monies or for some other reason) please contact the POD office at <podoffice@podnetwork.org>. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!



Your 2015 POD Conference Team:

David Sacks, Conference Co-Chair

Bill Watson, Conference Co-Chair

Carl Moore, Program Co-Chair

Carolyn Oxenford, Program Co-Chair

Hoag Holmgren, Executive Director