2015 Organizational Development Institute


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?

Register now for the Organizational Development Institute!

Please download the registration form here: 2015-REGISTRATION-FORM-POD-ODI


Suzanne Tapp Suzanne_Tapp

Suzanne Tapp is the Executive Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) at Texas Tech University. Suzanne has worn many hats at Texas Tech over the past 20 years including teaching, instructional designer, graduate student development, and administration. She recently served on the Core Committee (the Board of Directors) for the Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education (POD). She is the past chair and a founding member of the Texas Faculty Development Network. She is a member of the Board of Reviewers for Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship.  Her most recent publication included an article titled, “Negotiating a Seat at the Table: Questions to Guide Institutional Involvement” in To Improve the Academy.  Other work may be found in venues such as The Journal on Centers of Teaching and Learning, Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development and the Journal for the Advancement of Marketing Education.  She is currently engaged in a large-scale study examining undergraduate perceptions of their learning preferences, interest in group work, and reports about study habits.



Micah LoganMicah_Logan

Micah Logan is the Assistant Director of  Institutional and Professional Development Center at the Texas Tech University Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC).  Micah earned a B.A. from Austin College and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University.  In her current role at the TLPDC, Micah oversees the Service Learning Program and coordinates professional development opportunities for academic advisors, staff members, faculty, and other members of the TTU community.   Her recent work focus on organizational development as related to centers for teaching and learning, service learning and freshmen engagement initiatives, peer observation and partnership, and student-teacher communication.  She has been a member of POD since 2008.



Greg SieringSiering_Greg

Greg Siering is the director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University Bloomington. He received his PhD in English from Ball State University, where he focused on composition and rhetoric, teaching first-year and developmental writing. His work at IU focuses on developing an integrative model of educational development in a center that encompasses a wide variety of services for both faculty and students. His current interests lie in helping faculty members develop innovative habits of mind that lead to reflective and scholarly teaching practices. Greg has been a member of POD since 2005 and is currently a member of the Membership Committee.



Debra Rudder Lohe Debie_Lohe

Debra Rudder Lohe is director of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at Saint Louis University and adjunct instructor in the College of Education.  She received her PhD in English from Washington University, where she directed the composition program and taught writing, literature, and gender studies.  At SLU, Debie helps teachers move from intuition to intention and works to promote pedagogical innovations, interactive learning spaces, and a culture of reflection. Her educational development interests include managing transition in and developing sensible strategic planning processes for centers for teaching and learning.  Recent work focuses on shifting the “signature pedagogy” of graduate studies in English and negotiating an institution-level role for faculty developers.  A member of POD since 2009, she serves on POD’s Finance and Core Committees.


AAC&U Centennial Annual Meeting

January 21-24, 2015
Marriott Marquis Hotel
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2001

For more  information about the entire AAC&U annual meeting, and to register for the entire event, click here:

2014 POD/AAC&U Organizational Development Institute

2014 POD/AAC&U Network Organizational Development Institute Registration is now open. Registration form is here. Complete form and send to POD office by fax (303-258-7377), email (podoffice@podnetwork.org) or mail (PO Box 3318, Nederland, CO 80466). Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. THE EVOLUTION OF A…

39th Annual POD Conference 2014

2014 POD Conference Logo


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 http://www.visitdallas.com/.

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas this year!

Allison Boye, Conference Co-Chair allison.p.boye@ttu.edu
Jake Glover, Conference Co-Chair jake@IDEAedu.org
Bill Watson, Program Co-Chair bwatson@parker.edu
David Sacks, Program Co-Chair david.sacks@uky.edu

2013 POD/AACU Organizational Development Institute

By the end of this Institute, participants will have closely examined the landscape of higher education, assessed how their centers are positioned for involvement in broad level institutional change and assessed their skills and knowledge, and examined models of partnerships and collaboration in institutional change. The Institute will culminate with each participant designing and sharing…