Listed below you will find the chairpersons of POD’s standing committees. Members’ involvement in these important organizational efforts and activities is welcome and you are invited to contact the chair of any committee to become involved.

Each standing committee has a Core Committee Representative as a member (in some cases the chair) who is also a member of the Core Committee. The representative regularly attends committee meetings and serves as the representative for that committee at biannual Core meetings. Core Representatives are a conduit for information, questions, ideas or concerns back and forth, and advocate for the committee’s requests or proposals when there are any on the Core agenda.

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 send out a report template prior to these deadlines.

Administrative Committees

Finance Committee


Chair & Core Committee representative: Toni Weiss

Charge: The purpose of the Finance Committee is to assist the Core Committee in meeting its fiduciary responsibilities to POD Network members and the general public by ensuring that the organization is in good financial health. In particular, the Finance Committee provides oversight on behalf of the Core Committee to ensure that POD’s assets are protected and that its resources are used appropriately and effectively to help fulfill the organization’s mission.

The Finance Committee provides guidance to the Executive Director and the Executive Committee on the development, review, and revision of annual and long-range financial plans.  It develops and recommends policies to safeguard the organization’s assets and ensures that the organization maintains accurate and complete financial records.

Governance Committee


Chair & Core Committee representative: Donna Ellis

Charge: The Governance Committee advises the Core Committee on issues pertaining to Bylaws and Guidelines of the POD Network and oversees the process for updating the Governance Manual in accordance with Core Committee decisions. Through the Nominations and Election Subcommittee, Governance also oversees the nominations and election process and assures that it conforms to the Bylaws.

Operational Committees

Awards Committee


Awards Committee Chair: Stacy Grooters

Core Committee representative: Katie Kearns

Charge: The purpose of the Awards and Recognition Committee is to oversee all awards and recognition programs of the organization and to receive and review suggestions for new or expanded forms of awards and recognition. The following awards and recognition programs are in the purview of this committee:

  • Bob Pierlioni Spirit of POD Award Subcommittee: Martin Springborg
  • Bob Menges Award Subcommittee: Esther Jordan
  • Innovation Awards Subcommittee: Adriana Streifer
  • Christine Stanley Award Subcommittee: Sha-shonda Porter

Each of these programs is administered by a subcommittee.

Conference Committee


Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Claudia Cornejo Happel
  • German Vargas Ramos

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Tammy M. McCoy
  • Jerod Quinn

Core Committee representatives: Riley Caldwell O’Keefe & Hoag Holmgren

Charge: The Conference Committee is responsible for the organization of the POD Network’s annual conference, including all programmatic and logistical aspects.

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Digital Resources and Innovation Committee (DRI)


Co-Chairs: German Vargas Ramos and Lindsay Doukopoulos

Core Committee representatives: Steve Hansen

Charge: The purpose of the Digital Resources and Innovation Committee (DRI) is to advise on and facilitate the implementation of policies and practices regarding POD’s use of digital and communication resources to support the work of the POD Network and POD members. It accomplishes this by:

  • Researching new and innovative technologies and approaches germane to POD’s mission
  • Providing guidelines for usage of these technologies across POD’s governance structure of committees and SIGs
  • Actively implementing technologies to accomplish tasks that support POD’s activities and its members
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


Co-Chairs: Dan Guberman & Gloria Niles

Core Committee representative: Lynn Eaton

Charge: The Diversity Committee (DC) serves as an advocate to the POD Network by advising members of the Core Committee on ways to sustain and improve the organization’s efforts toward valuing diversity. Formed in 1993, as a result of a strong call from individuals within the membership, the Committee’s goals are focused on 1) recruitment and retention of members from underrepresented groups and institutions in POD and in the faculty/instructional development community more broadly and 2) the cultivation of greater critical attention to questions of diversity in our work. Underrepresented groups are defined as, but not limited to, members who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered individuals, and individuals who are disabled. Underrepresented institutions are defined as, but not limited to, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), native American tribal colleges, Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) or Hispanic area colleges and universities (HACUs), or Minority Serving Institutions (or those aspiring to become MSIs).

External Partnerships and Outreach Committee (EPOC)


Co-chairs: Christine Rener and Fran Glazer

Core Committee representative:  Chris Price

Charge: Working in close collaboration with the Executive Committee, the External Partnerships and Outreach Committee will

  1. oversee processes and policies related to partnerships and outreach for the organization, including funneling requests from potential partners or ideas for POD Network initiatives to the committee whose charge most closely aligns with the focus;
  2. manage the prioritizing and vetting processes involved in committing to partnerships; and
  3. coordinate work of the subcommittees devoted to specific outreach, partnership, and collaborative functions.

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Membership Committee


Chair: Jim Berger

Core Committee representative: Kem Saichaie

Charge: The Membership Committee advises the Core and Executive Committees on a range of membership topics, including but not limited to marketing, recruiting, retention, membership benefits, membership satisfaction, and trends in membership.

Professional Development Committee (PDC)


Chair:  Emily Magruder

Core Committee representative: Chris Price

Charge: The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is charged with responding to the diverse professional development needs of POD members at various career stages and different institutional types. The PDC works with the Research and Membership Committees to develop and review periodic membership surveys, the results of which help the PDC to determine professional development needs of the membership. PDC coordinates the development, offering, and assessment of programming in a variety of venues.

Scholarship Committee


Chair: Anna Flaming

Core Committee representative: Michael Reder

Charge: The mission of the Scholarship Committee is to support the POD Network’s strategic goal of “advancing evidence-based practice” through the fostering of the development, application, and dissemination of research, scholarship, and creative works related to educational development and the membership of the POD Network.

Strategic Plan Committee


Co-Chairs: Carol Hurney and Martina Rosenberg

Core Committee representative: Laura Pipe

Charge: The purpose of the Strategic Plan Committee (SPC) is to guide the organization’s strategic planning processes and assessment, advising and soliciting input from the Core Committee on the prioritization of the organization’s work in order to achieve its goals and purpose.

Presidential Liaisons

The table below indicates which president serves as the Presidential Liaison or as a committee member or chair when indicated by an asterisk. 

The role of the Presidential Liaison is to serve as a sounding board for either the committee 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 committee meetings routinely but instead recommends the committee chair invite the liaison to attend at appropriate times for particular agenda items with these broader implications.


President Elect:
Carol Hurney
Fran Glazer
Past President:
Donna Ellis
DRI Conference Awards*
Diversity EPOC* Governance*
Finance* Finance* PDC
Governance* Grants
Strategic Plan* Membership

* indicates service as a regular member or chair of the committee