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. SIGs and Committees are expected to send a report to the POD Network’s Core Committee twice yearly, first in early October and again in late February, when any budget requests are considered. The Executive Director will sent out a SIG report template prior to these deadlines.
Current SIGs & Chairs
Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty SIG
Chairs: Jonathan Iuzzini & Mandy McGrew
Core Committee representative: Lindsay Bernhagen
SIG Mission: 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. To fulfil that mission, the SIG:
- Encourages conference proposal submissions on related topics,
- 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: email@example.com,
- Distributes an annual updated bibliography on adjunct and part-time faculty references and resources.
Graduate student, Professional student, & Postdoctoral scholar Development (GPPD) SIG
Chairs: Katherine Kearns & Kristi Rudenga
Core Committee representative: Stacy Grooters
SIG Mission: The purpose of the Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar Development (GPSD) SIG is to: address common concerns and issues among educational developers of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral fellows; foster a sense of community for those engaging in graduate student/professional student/postdoctoral scholar development (whether as developers, students, faculty, or administrators); facilitate sharing of resources and collaborative projects; provide background and information to the larger group of educational developers; contribute to the scholarship of graduate student/professional student/postdoctoral scholar development; foster career development of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars; and take a leadership role in contributing to and further defining the field of graduate student/professional student/postdoctoral scholar development. Additionally, the SIG connects with other groups and organizations whose activities and interests have a similar focus, such as International Teaching Assistant developers, international partners in Teaching Assistant development, Preparing Future Faculty groups, professional associations, and other POD committees that have related interests.
Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy SIG
Chairs: Kelsey Bitting & Michael Sweet
Core Committee representative: Dorothe Bach
SIG Mission: The mission of the Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy SIG is to explore and support the implementation and impact of contemplative practices into post-secondary classrooms.
To accomplish this mission, the SIG aims to
- support educational developers interested in cultivating contemplative pedagogy practices and communities on their campuses, and
- foster the development of concrete models of implementation and assessment of these practices in higher education settings.
Small Colleges SIG
Chair: Kevin Gannon
Core Committee representative: Carol Hurney
SIG Mission: The mission of the Small Colleges SIG is to create community around common interests among faculty educational developers at smaller colleges and universities; to promote awareness of challenges and opportunities at small colleges and universities to the POD community; and to facilitate conference sessions at POD and provide resources that would be most helpful to our colleagues.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) SIG
Chair: Elizabeth C. Harris
Core Committee representative: Victoria Bhavsar
SIG Mission: The mission of the STEM SIG is to support and connect colleagues within POD who are actively engaged in STEM educational development and instruction. The STEM SIG will provide a stable infrastructure for professional networking and peer assistance within and 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.
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) SIG
Chair: Hillary Steiner
Core Committee representative: Carl Moore
SIG Mission: The mission of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) SIG is to support educational developers who seek to advocate for and promote SoTL at their institutions through sharing resources and building a collaborative community of POD Network members interested in SoTL in educational development. To fulfill this mission, this SIG will:
Host a listserv for SoTL Educational Developers that will allow for the exchange of ideas and resources among institutions;
Encourage POD conference proposals on SoTL-related topics;
Foster community by facilitating a meeting of the SIG at the annual POD conference and a virtual meeting in the spring of each year;
Connect and collaborate with other groups that have a similar focus.
Teaching with Technology (TwT) SIG
Chair: Nicholas Yates
Core Committee representative: Carl Moore
SIG Mission: 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.
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.
Teaching with Technology