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 25 member signatures (each of whom should be a current POD member), 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 send out a SIG report template prior to these deadlines.
Chairs: Liz Cummings and Patricia Guillen
Core Committee representative: Danny Mann
SIG Charge: The POD Network Adjunct/Part-time Faculty Special Interest Group is dedicated to supporting educational developers (ED) who serve and support part-time and adjunct faculty. The POD Adjunct/Part-time SIG provides resources on:
- effective strategies for orienting new adjunct and part-time faculty
- effective strategies for supporting and developing new adjunct and part-time faculty
- trends and issues relating to adjunct and part-time faculty
- developing POD conference proposal submissions relating to adjunct and part-time faculty
Chair: Alison Cook-Sather and Adriana Signorini
Core Committee representative: Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe
SIG Mission and Focus: The Co-Creation through Partnership (CCP) SIG will collectively emphasize, promote, and support the creation of fruitful partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and administrators—to engage all stakeholders as co-creators and active collaborators in educational development in an effort to enhance teaching, improve student learning, and produce scholarship in higher education. The SIG will play an active and collaborative role in key student-faculty/ staff partnership initiatives at post-secondary institutions, inspire and generate new research about partnerships with our students and faculty/ staff, and encourage faculty and educational developers to implement partnerships in their own scholarly pursuits about teaching and learning. We are a community of colleagues with a range of interests and experiences and share the goal of learning together about co-creation through partnerships.
The CCP SIG objectives are to stimulate new connections with institutions and colleagues working, or hoping to work, in student-faculty/ staff partnership, nurture existing student-faculty/ staff partnership, and foster collaborations with programs at our institutions to advance partnership. The CCP SIG will accomplish these by identifying and sharing strategies and experiences to make the CCP fruitful for stakeholders at our institutions while supporting ongoing efforts to ensure that CCP is developed in respectful and appropriate ways at all institutions of higher learning. The signature work will bring awareness to the POD Network community about the current trends and development of CCP both nationally and internationally, develop new insights in the use of CCP as a lever of change, and reflect upon controversial and provocative ideas that will challenge our thinking and take us in new directions in the future.
Chair: Bart Everson
Core Committee representative: Carol Subino-Sullivan
SIG Mission: Educators play a critical role as humanity faces multiple ecological crises of global significance. The Earth-Centered SIG’s mission is three-fold:
- To advance and support Earth-centered and resilient pedagogy, curricula, and research that aim to
- utilize systems thinking to understand the reciprocal relationship between human well-being and survival and the healthy functioning of all parts of the natural Earth system;
- engage students in interdisciplinary, community-engaged, applied whole-person learning that is required for approaching wicked problems such as environmental degradation and climate change;
- highlight the inherent and inseparable connections between social justice movements and environmental concerns through the lens of environmental justice; and
- foster a resilient teaching and learning ethos that prioritizes responsive teaching and supports faculty to adapt as conditions and events unfold.
- To empower educational developers and teaching centers to model sustainable and regenerative organizational practices; and
- To promote a more sustainable POD Network organization, including the annual conference.
Core Committee representative: TBD
SIG Mission: The Equity & Education SIG critiques and addresses legacies of racism, colonization, oppression, privilege and power, and systemic inequity that negatively impact the experiences of students, instructors, and educational developers in higher education with the goal of changing individual and institutional practices and policies as they pertain to teaching and learning. The SIG promotes equity-mindedness as a critical, ongoing, reflective and action-oriented process of learning and practices. We ask, “how can we do better?” to inform a process toward equity work by facilitating peer mentoring, a learning community, and collaborative project work. As a member-focused SIG, distinct from a POD Governance Committee, we engage and support educational developers as they work to live up to their equity goals at their institutions as well as their own professional development.
Chairs: Joseph Lampert & Denise Leonard
Core Committee representative: Kristi Rudenga
Drawing on evidence-based practices and with the aim of promoting equitable and inclusive participation in the field of educational development, the purpose of the Graduate Student, Professional Student, & Postdoctoral Scholar Development (GPPD) 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 GPPD (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 GPPD;
- 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 GPPD.
Chair: Todd Zakrajsek
Core Committee representative: Katie Kearns
SIG Mission: The purpose of the Healthcare Educational Development SIG is to create an opportunity where POD Network members working in healthcare educational development can come together to hear and share resources with others in the profession. The SIG will be a sounding board where members can share the challenges they are facing with others facing similar challenges, can discuss clinical practice/instruction and associated issues, and where members can identify Interprofessional education (IPE) resources with clinical faculty in other disciplines.
Chair: Amy Chan Hilton and Marsha Lovett
Core Committee representative: Kem Saichaie
SIG Mission: The Learning Analytics Community (LAC) SIG will collectively advance “data-guided” cultures at our institutions of higher learning, empowering faculty, administrators and educational developers to make appropriate use of learning analytics within the scope of their roles and responsibilities. LAC participants will play an active and collaborative role in key learning analytics initiatives now underway at post secondary institutions, inspire and generate new research about student learning, and encourage faculty and educational developers to use learning analytics in their own scholarly pursuits about teaching, learning and student success.
Chairs: Erin Galyen and Adam Smith
Core Committee representative: Danny Mann
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.
Chair: Heeyoung Kim
Core Committee representative: Preston Cummings
SIG Mission: The mission of the Small Colleges & Small Centers SIG is to create community around common interests among faculty and educational developers at smaller colleges/universities and in small centers; to promote awareness of challenges and opportunities at small colleges/universities and in small centers to the POD Network community; and to facilitate sessions at the POD Network annual conference and provide resources that would be most helpful to our colleagues.
Chair: Beth White
Core Committee representative: Preston Cumming
SIG Mission: The mission of the STEM SIG is to support and connect colleagues within POD Network 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 Network 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.
Chair: Laura Lukes
Core Committee representative: Katie Kearns
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.
Chair: Debbie Beaudry
Core Committee representative: German Vargas
SIG Mission: The POD Network Teaching with Technology Special Interest Group (TwT-SIG) goal is to support faculty developers who assist instructors with integrating technology into teaching and learning by providing resources on effective strategies, trends and issues, and new developments. Activities can include, from year to year, a TWT-SIG website, online discussions, conference sessions, face-to-face events, online events, and publications.
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