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: Kristin Morely and Reba Wissner
Core Committee representative: Danny Mann
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 fulfill 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: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Distributes an annual updated bibliography on adjunct and part-time faculty references and resources.
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.
Chairs: Joseph Lampert & Danny Mann
Core Committee representative: Kristi Rudenga
SIG Mission: 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: Brittany Williams
Core Committee representative: Mays Imad
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: George Rehrey and Marsha Lovett
Core Committee representative: Chad Hershock
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.
Chairs: Susan Hrach
Core Committee representative: Katherine Kearns
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: Michael Reder
Core Committee representative: Michael Reder
SIG Mission: The mission of the Small Colleges & Small Centers SIG is to create community around common interests among faculty educational developers at smaller colleges/ universities as well as at small centers at larger institutions; to promote awareness of challenges and opportunities at small colleges/universities and small centers to the POD community; and to facilitate sessions at the POD annual conference and provide resources that would be most helpful to our colleagues.
Chair: Audrey Dentith
Core Committee representative: Preston Cumming
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.
Chair: Janel Seeley
Core Committee representative: Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe
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 and Wiebke Kuhn
Core Committee representative: Kem Saichaie
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.
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.
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