We enthusiastically invite you to participate in the 38th Annual POD Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 6-10, 2013!

This year’s conference theme is Freedom to Connect — Freedom to Risk — Freedom to Learn. This theme invites us to explore the diverse landscape of higher education and the learning journey that includes questioning, experimentation, discovery and wisdom. We’re building on Michael Wesch’s 2012 POD Conference plenary, which urged us to venture out beyond our personal and professional comfort zones and marvel at new learning opportunities.

The mission of education is to empower others and promote meaningful connections among people and between people and their world. This year’s conference will examine multiple routes, methods, and networks that allow us to create rich and rewarding connections as learners and educators. How do we foster the cognitive connections that are the foundation of learning? What role do the interpersonal and affective play in generating new knowledge? How do we pave the way as educators to permit linkages across disciplines, programs and institutions?

The learning process does not come without risk. This year’s theme reminds us that learning requires embracing the new and venturing into the unknown, perhaps dealing with vulnerability and uncertainty. Risk factors for success may be internal – we meet resistance in our own minds and hearts—or they may stem from lack of access or external support. We invite you to investigate the many roles that risk and vulnerability play in the higher education setting. from failure or struggle?

To learn is to explore, grow and create. “Freedom to learn” is the ability to make a positive difference, to progress beyond boundaries, and to persist despite challenges. How do we cultivate a culture in our minds, our classrooms and our campuses in which learning takes center stage? In a time of budget cuts, multiplying technologies, and diverse students, how can we sustain a commitment to learning excellence and access for all?

Pittsburgh is a fitting locale for this year’s conference because it is a place of reinvention and resilience. Known as “Steel City” in its heyday, then having experienced serious economic challenges, Pittsburgh is now a thriving metropolis with a base in manufacturing, energy, information technology, financial services and health care. With 33 colleges and universities, Pittsburgh is nicknamed “College City,” a perfect alignment with our collective POD foci on teaching and learning. Famous folks and risk takers from Pittsburgh include artist Andy Warhol, steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, playwright August Wilson, choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, scientist Jonas Salk, and writer Gertrude Stein. Get excited about coming to Pittsburgh and learn more about what this vibrant city has to offer here.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh this year!

Victoria Bhavsar, Cal Poly Pomona, Conference Co-Chair
Patty Payette, University of Louisville, Conference Co-Chair
Allison Boye, Texas Tech University, Program Co-Chair
Jake Glover, IDEA Education, Program Co-Chair



The POD Network

POD supports a network of nearly 1800 members who have an interest in educational and organizational development. While POD members come primarily from the U.S.A. and Canada, the membership also represents 20 other countries. Through its members, the POD Network leads and supports change for the improvement of higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development.

The POD Network seeks to promote the scholarship of teaching, learning and organizational development that reflects a spirit of inclusion, where all members are invited to collaborate and interact with colleagues across disciplines and borders.

The POD Mission

The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) fosters human development in higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development.

POD believes that people have value, as individuals and as members of groups. The development of students is a fundamental purpose of higher education and requires for its success effective advising, teaching, leadership, and management. Central to POD’s philosophy is lifelong, holistic, personal, and professional learning, growth, and change for the higher education community.



The annual conference typically attracts between 650 and 750 people, and primarily targets practitioners in the fields of educational and organizational development, both novice and experienced. The conference appeals to administrators, faculty, education developers, graduate and professional student developers, graduate students, independent consultants, members of higher education organizations, and publishers for these communities.

Collectively, program sessions do the following:

  • Actively engage participants

  • Reflect current research and theoretical frameworks

  • Involve colleagues from around the world

  • Address needs of graduate students and both new and experienced faculty

  • Stimulate personal growth

  • Build working partnerships

  • Highlight contributions of diversity



Proposal submission is now closed. Proposals featuring best practices, new resources, innovative approaches, discussion of critical issues, presentation of research and work-in-progress were submitted online and were due by 5 PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, March 4, 2013.  All proposals were evaluated using a blind peer-review process. Detailed information about the session types, topic areas, guidelines for submission, submission process, and the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation Award are included in the Call for Proposals.




Friday, November 8, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

CRLT Players, University of Michigan

“7 into 15”

CRLT Players - 2013 Plenary

Research at the University of Michigan and across the country has shown that a negative climate for learning prevents graduate students and faculty from connecting with one another and with their undergraduate students. Among the problematic behaviors highlighted by graduate students and faculty we have interviewed are intellectual defensiveness, invisibility of underrepresented groups, and feelings of being overwhelmed by academic life. Such an environment can stifle the risk taking and innovation in teaching that faculty developers hope to encourage among instructors. As a result, playing it safe in order to maintain one’s status and position overrides the willingness to experiment, share successes, and learn from failure.

In this plenary session, the CRLT Players will present 7 into 15, a high energy performance that explores the variety of ways classroom and departmental climate can affect the experiences of diverse teachers and learners. Provocative and often humorous, these short plays will demonstrate one approach to raising and addressing climate issues for a variety of audiences. The Players will also ask session attendees to share their own challenges with and strategies for exploring these issues as part of their faculty development work. After the performance, there will be an opportunity for audience members to dialogue with the actors, the Player’s Artistic Director, and CRLT administrators to gather practical advice about how they might use theatrical techniques in their own programs to connect with their core constituencies on campus.

Founded in 2000, the CRLT Players were the first company in the country to use interactive theatre to address issues of teaching and learning. Over the past 13 years, the Players have developed over 25 sketches, and they have performed for more than 31,000 people at the University of Michigan and at conferences and campuses across the country. Led by Artistic Director Sara Armstrong, the troupe consists of local professionals and student actors who provide educators and administrators with an innovative and dynamic approach to sparking dialogue, promoting inclusivity, and effecting positive change inside and outside the classroom.

Saturday, November 9, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Dr. Adrianna Kezar
“The Risks and Rewards of Becoming a Campus Change Agent”

Adrianna Kezar - 2013 Plenary

Dr. Adrianna Kezar, Professor, Rossier School of Education
Co-Director, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California

Higher education continues to face unprecedented change: new teaching approaches, emerging technology, rigorous expectations regarding accountability assessment; the push for internationalization, and demands for greater student access and success, among many others.

The resulting significant shifts on our campuses cannot occur without multi-level leadership and engagement from change agents throughout our respective institutions.  Connecting with leaders at all levels on campus in order to lead change efforts–that many of our colleagues will resist–can be risky and requires courage. Faculty developers  will find themselves making connections and developing new relationships in order act as effective change agents.  Since they provide a key link between faculty and administrators who both need to be involved in such efforts, faculty developers need to learn and acquire new skills to be successful in their efforts. This plenary session will highlight how acting as a change agent requires a recognition that staff, students, faculty, and administrators have different levels of agency and that part of our work is to empower others to have the freedom to make meaningful changes for the common good.

Being a campus change agent requires taking risks, fostering connections, engaging in ongoing learning, and creating pathways that promote freedom for others by empowering them to act.  During the plenary session, we will explore the reasons faculty developers are central to helping facilitate needed changes on campus, the specific role they can play as change agents, specific strategies that promote success, and challenges they may experience.

We will discuss case studies that illuminate the role faculty developers have played in moving forward meaningful changes and highlight their approaches to tapping into key campus challenges such as helping first generation college students, supporting interdisciplinary or integrating learning outcomes assessment.



Pre-conference Workshop co-chairs: Katie Kearns and Katherine Cunningham.

Full-day Pre-Conference Workshop

One full-day Pre-Conference Workshop (W1) begins Wednesday, November 6th, 1:00-4:30,  & continues Thursday, November 7th, 8:30-12:00. (Breakfast on Thursday is included for participants of W1, as is a copy of A Guide to Faculty Development, 2nd Ed.)

W1: Getting Started: Workshop for new faculty developers ($150)
Therese Huston, Seattle University
Kevin Barry, University of Notre Dame
Jonathan Iuzzini, Monroe Community College
Teresa Johnson, The Ohio State University
Deandra Little, Elon University

Faculty development can be one of the most rewarding careers in academia but, for most of us, requires the development of new skills and broader perspectives. As we process several core concepts and examples from different types of institutions, participants will engage in discussions, role-plays, and breakout groups to better understand what faculty developers do and how we do it. We’ll practice skill-building and you’ll learn how to say “yes” to the right things. This workshop provides an opportunity for each participant to leave the session with an individual action plan and a support network to help you achieve his/her goals. Topics: Faculty Professional Development, POD Professional Development.   Audience: New/recent faculty developers (5 years or less)

Half-day Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, November 7th, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
(Breakfast is not included with half-day workshops. All half-day workshops are $70)

W2: Connecting Reflection and Growth: Engaging Faculty Stories
Linda Shadiow, Northern Arizona University

The literature on faculty growth and development includes the distinction between exploring what we do in classrooms and who we are in that doing (Schön, 1987; Palmer, 2007; Dall’Alba & Sandberg, 2006). How can we come to a critical reflection that ties these two elements together? By identifying key stories about our teaching and learning experiences, by systematically examining why these are the stories we remember, and by analyzing key elements in the stories, they can become a means to connect personal reflection and professional growth. The resulting analysis can assist faculty in entering new stages in their teaching.

Topics: POD Professional Development, Teaching & Learning
Audience: Open to all POD members

W3: The Peak Performing Professor: Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness
Susan Robison, Professor Destressor

In spite of the popularity of Robert Boice’s faculty research on how smart work habits lead to greater success and the recent research explosion on goal attainment and positive psychology that reinforces that conclusion, many faculty are still unaware that the hardworking culture of the Academy promotes patterns that may actually prevent professors from achieving their work and life goals. In this practical, interactive workshop, you will learn the four key practices of the most successful and engaged academics. Help yourself and your faculty apply these practices to producing good work while achieving life balance.

Topics: Faculty Professional Development, Graduate Student Professional
Audience: Open to all POD members

W4: A Practice of Freedom: Engaging Faculty in Inclusive Excellence
Chayla Haynes, University of Denver
Frank Tuitt, University of Denver

In accordance with this year’s POD Conference theme–Freedom to Connect. Freedom to Risk. Freedom to Learn.– this interactive pre-conference workshop aims to both expose faculty to teaching practices that promote inequitable educational outcomes among college students based on race and equip faculty with the skills to implement behaviors (i.e., specific course design formats and pedagogical choices) in their classrooms that link inclusion to teacher excellence (Freire, 1993). Participants are encouraged to come to workshop ready to engage in the type of discussion and group activity that fosters deep learning, reflexivity, and the co-construction of knowledge.

Topics: Diversity, Faculty Professional Development
Audience: Faculty (conference attendees who are faculty and also part-time developers)

W5: Coaching Faculty to Document Teaching Excellence: Observations, Focus Groups, Portfolios
Barbara Millis, University of Texas, San Antonio

Faculty will often approach faculty developers for help in preparing promotion and tenure packets and in documenting teaching excellence for teaching awards. At a large research university with a number of state and local teaching awards, the director of the teaching and learning center coaches faculty to document their teaching excellence through detailed classroom observations; structured, interactive focus groups and a shorter variation called a Quick Course Diagnosis; and professional portfolios. Ten Ph.D candidates who work with the center have been trained to support these efforts. This workshop will directly involve participants in the three coaching activities.

Topics: Assessment, Graduate Student Professional
Audience: Open to all POD members

W6: Risky Business: Strategic Planning and Your Center
Kimberly Kenyon, Cornell University
Amy Godert, Cornell University
Theresa Pettit, Cornell University
Rob Vanderlan, Cornell University

Centers create strategic plans to guide their programming. However, Centers are routinely asked to expand their programs far beyond their mission, goals, and scope—often in response to funding prospects or administrations’ interests (Di Challis, 2009, Taylor, 2005). This “creeping” can stretch Centers so thin that they can no longer effectively meet the needs of their stakeholders. Centers must balance opportunities to grow and evolve with limited resources, so the question becomes, “Should we or shouldn’t we?” In this workshop, participants from new and established Centers will engage in defining their mission, vision, and strategic plan and evaluating opportunities.

Topics: Administration, Faculty Professional Development
Audience: Open to all POD members

W7: Disarming Faculty Resistance to Major Change and Increasing our Effectiveness
Craig Nelson, Indiana University

Faculty use an array of excuses to resist making major changes. We will consider ways to modify our workshops and interactions to more intentionally help them transcend their resistances. To do so, we will mutually construct and prioritize lists of reasons that faculty give for not changing and of the additional unstated reasons that we infer. We will then examine alternative approaches for disarming the resistance. Tools we might apply include Conceptual Change Theory, Gestalt Switching, Dysfunctional Illusions of Rigor, Fostering Grieving, Learning Theory, and Sunk costs. This list should be expanded considerably by our joint efforts.

Topics: Faculty Professional Development, SoTL
Audience: Open to all POD members

W8: External Program Reviews and Reviewers: A Comprehensive Planning Workshop
Andrea Beach, Western Michigan University
Deborah Dezure, Michigan State University
Alan Kalish, The Ohio State University

This interactive workshop will guide participants through strategic decisions for planning external reviews of their faculty development programs AND prepare them to be effective reviewers. Topics include deciding the scope of the review and creating a clear “charge” for the reviewers, preparing a self-study, enlisting senior administrators, identifying reviewers, considering the costs/benefits of different site visit approaches and logistics, what to expect from an external review report, and the reports role in future planning. Reviewer characteristics, competencies, and strategic questions will also be discussed. Participants will leave with a template for a comprehensive plan to guide their external review efforts.

Topics: Administration, Assessment
Audience: Administrators

W9: How’s it Going? Reflecting on our Work

Margaret Cohen, University of Missouri – St. Louis
James Groccia, Auburn University
Mathew W. Ouellett, Wayne State University
Susan Shadle, Boise State University
Laurel Willingham-McLain, Duquesne University

Congratulations – you’re doing faculty development! What are the opportunities, challenges, and risks before you: …reaching all faculty? budget reallocation? workload? prioritizing or expanding programs and services? new or unexpected requests from the Provost? “How’s it Going?” offers early and mid-career faculty developers an opportunity to consult with veteran mentors – either holistically or by focusing on a specific issue. Participants learn strategies for reflective practice and develop networks to sustain the learning processes and connections initiated in this workshop. Following guidelines distributed in advance, participants prepare a statement describing their center, its work, and identifying a focus for discussion.

Topics: Organizational Development, POD Professional Development
Audience: New/recent faculty developers (5 years or less)



All concurrent session types undergo a blind peer-review process. A full schedule of concurrent sessions will be available here in summer 2013.

  • 75-minute interactive sessions: Co-chairs Bill Watson and Carolyn Oxenford
    Interactive sessions combine brief presentations or panel discussions with methods that engage all participants, reflecting POD’s long-standing tradition of interactive, collegial sessions.·

  • 75-minute roundtable discussions: Co-chairs Bruce Larson and David Sacks
    Roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for various kinds of interactions in a smaller group setting (10-15 people), such as discussion of a concept, approach, program, issue, case study, or reading.

  • 35-minute research presentations: Co-chairs Julie Sievers and Mary-Ann Winkelmes  Research sessions include a presentation and discussion of new or on-going educational, professional, or organizational development research. Session leaders present their original research for the first 20-25 minutes, reserving 10-15 minutes for Q&A.

  • Poster presentations: Co-chairs Danielle Fontaine and Chris Garrett
    The poster session provides an ideal format for presenting in a context where colleagues can engage in many one-on-one discussions, facilitated by well-designed posters, as well as supplemental materials.

Concurrent sessions may address one or more of the Topics and Audiences below.


  • Adjunct Professional Development: Practices, processes, theories, techniques, programs pertaining specifically to adjunct or part-time faculty development.

  • Administration: Budgeting, funding, management, planning, performance appraisal, staff/faculty recruitment and retention, and other issues concerning the administration of a center or other unit.

  • Assessment: Measuring the effectiveness of an aspect of practice and/or outcomes in order to improve (designate other topics to indicate the subject of assessment – e.g., teaching & learning, programs, Faculty PD).

  • Diversity: addressing under-represented or minority populations on campus, in the classroom, in administration.

  • Faculty Professional Development: Practices, processes, theories, techniques, programs pertaining to faculty development.

  • Graduate Student Professional Development: Practices, processes, theories, techniques, programs pertaining specifically to graduate and professional student development.

  • Organizational Development: Practices, processes, theories, or techniques related to the systemic development of institutions and organizations.

  • POD Professional Development: Practices, processes, theories, techniques, programs pertaining to development of those in the professions represented by POD (e.g., Center staff, technologists, etc.).

  • Programs: Organization, implementation, practices, theories, techniques related to programs and services (in centers and other units).

  • Research: Systematic, generalizable investigations into clearly defined questions, employing accepted methods for data collection and analysis (designate other topics to indicate the subject of research – e.g., teaching & learning, programs, Faculty PD).

  • Retention: Practices, processes, theories, techniques related to retaining students and improving graduation rates.

  • SoTL: Practice of, results of, and programs supporting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

  • Start-up: Practices, processes, organizational ideas related to establishment and growth of centers, programs, or other projects.

  • Sustainability: incorporating applying principles of environmental and/or programmatic sustainability into educational development work.

  • Teaching & Learning: Practices, processes, theories, techniques related to classroom and other teaching and learning.

  • Technology: Explorations of current and new technologies that can support teaching, program or organizational development.


  • Administrators

  • All POD members

  • Community colleges

  • Faculty (conference attendees who are faculty and also part-time developers)

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • International POD participants

  • Instructional Technologists and technology integration specialists

  • Large colleges and universities

  • New/recent faculty developers

  • Seasoned faculty developers

  • Small colleges and universities



In addition to the standard pre-conference workshops, 75-minute sessions, 35-minute sessions, and poster sessions, the POD conference includes POD-sponsored sessions and an anchor session to close the event. POD-sponsored sessions are sponsored and submitted by members of various POD committees, then reviewed and vetted by POD’s Core Committee. The anchor session, a session that has particular importance and/or broad interest to POD membership, is chosen by the Conference Committee.

This year’s Anchor Session, “Flipping the Mindset: Reframing Fear and Failure as Development Catalysts,” will be held on Sunday morning, 8:30-10:00 AM. Look forward to an inspiring session leading us to reflect on what we’ve learned throughout the conference, and a new way of looking at problems that can free us up to do our best work.  Facilitators include: Tracie Stromie (Kennesaw State University), Josie Baudier (Kennesaw State University), and Diane Boyd (Furman University).



As conference attendance continues to grow and we foster collaborations with a broader spectrum of learning institutions and organizations, we want to maintain the informal community traditions upon which POD is built by providing opportunities for colleagues to gather around common interests. The “birds of a feather” (BOFs) promote deep interaction around topics of mutual interest.

Each BOF will have an experienced facilitator and will take place on Friday from 7:30-8:45 AM. More information on specific BOFs will be available here during summer 2013, as well as in the Conference Program. Please contact BOF coordinators for more information: Marie Kendall Brown, and Tershia Pinder-Grover.



Create@POD  is an evening of engaging, hands-on activities designed to showcase and promote creative thinking. In addition to the traditional (and now legendary) digital stories, this year’s event will feature a cash bar and numerous opportunities for attendees to participate in fun and interactive experiences designed to promote creativity and goodwill among the POD Community.

Activities for this year’s event include:

What the POD?!: What happens when you merge the popular board game Cranium with the world of faculty development? You get What the POD?!, a fun and exhilarating game where individuals and groups participate in zany and unpredictable activities to earn points and prizes. The game allows the creative (and not-so-creative) to showcase their humming, acting, drawing, and sculpting talents.

Digital Stories: Back by popular demand, the traditional (and now legendary) digital stories will be shown and participants will vote for their favorite video.Submitted by conference participants, digital stories range from the funny to the serious and from the personal to the professional. For additional information, including details on submitting a video, visit: The deadline for submitting proposals for this year’s event is Monday, September 23rd.



The Job Fair will be held on Friday morning from 9:00-10:15 AM. This session should be considered a networking “meet and greet” opportunity, not a time for formal interviews. Job candidates are likely to have more success if they meet face-to-face with potential employers rather than just dropping off a resume; the time can then be used to learn more about the position and the employing institution. Potential employers can use this time to plan a subsequent interview during the conference. More information will be distributed to POD members and conference registrants in the early fall by Job Fair coordinator Danilo Baylen.



Since 2007, the Resource Fair included both non-profit and for-profit organizations. We offer two distinct events: The Resource Fair features tables only from college- and university-affiliated programs and from non-profit organizations. The Vendor Exhibit will feature tables only from businesses such as publishers and consultants.

The Resource Fair and Reception will be held on Friday evening from 5:15-6:45 pm. The Resource Fair provides an opportunity to socialize while showcasing your programs by displaying and distributing information about your activities, resources, and services. Materials and services may NOT be offered for sale or promoted for sale during the Resource Fair.

NOTE: If you wish to have a table at the Resource Fair, you must register for the conference and reserve your table in advance by checking the appropriate box on the conference registration form. You or your representative should plan to be at your table to talk with conference participants during the entire session. There is no fee. More information about the Resource Fair will be distributed in the early fall, to those who have reserved a table, by Resource Fair coordinator Taimi Olsen.



The Vendor Exhibit will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, excluding the time set aside for the plenary sessions. The Vendor Exhibit and Vendor Workshops are the only times at the conference when items or services may be promoted or offered for sale. We welcome publishers, consultants, and others. If you wish to reserve a table at this event, you must reserve your place in advance by checking the appropriate box on the conference registration form. If you are interested in participating in the vendor exhibit, please mark the appropriate boxes in the registration form.



Vendors who have sponsored the POD conference at the Bronze Level or higher have the opportunity to present an interactive workshop. Interactive workshops are not strictly commercials; rather, they are intended to reflect the engaged and research-based approach of the POD community. The Vendor Exhibit and Vendor Workshops are the only times at the conference when items or services may be promoted or offered for sale.



(Space is limited. Some excursions may sell out.)

E1: Tour of Learning Spaces at Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, November 7
12:45PM – 4PM

E2: Heinz History Museum 

John Heinz History Center Logo - 2013 Excursion

From the pre-revolutionary drama of the French & Indian War to the legendary match-ups of the Super Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Friday, November 8
2:30PM – 5:00PM

E3: University of Pittsburgh Pitt Nationality Rooms

Pitt State Nationality Room - 2013 Excursion

The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments.

Saturday, November 9
1:30PM – 5:00PM

E4: Pittsburgh Symphony | Scheherazade

Pittsburgh Symphony - 2013 Excursion

Saturday, November 9

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Balada: Symphony No. 6
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 1 in D major for Violin & Orchestra, Opus 19
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Opus 35

E5: Pittsburgh Public Theatre | True West by Sam Shepard

True West - 2013 Excusrsion Logo

Saturday, November 9

True West, by Sam Shepard

Two estranged brothers find themselves together in a house near the desert. One is a writer and family man. The other is a drifter and a thief. Their epic rivalry has made this grand and mythic story Sam Shepard’s most famous play. Full of twists, action, insight, and gritty humor, True West has been a magnet for charismatic actors since its debut in 1980.

E6: Fallingwater

Fallingwater picture - 2013 Excursion-1

Sunday, November 10 (post-conference)
10:30AM – 4:30PM

Hailed by Time shortly after its completion as Wright’s “most beautiful job”, Fallingwater is listed among Smithsonian‘s Life List of 28 places “to visit before you die.” It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the “best all-time work of American architecture” and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.



The POD conference registration desk will be open on the 17th Floor at these times:

  • Wednesday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, November 6

9:00 AM 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
POD Core Meeting
1:00 PM 1:00-4:30 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop W1 (Part 1)


Thursday, November 7th

8:30 AM 8:30-12:00
Pre-Conference Workshops :
W1 (Part 2)
POD Core Meeting
9:00 AM-
5:00 PM
1:30 PM 1:30-3:00 Interactive &
Roundtable Sessions
Excursion E1
Tour of Learning Spaces at Carnegie Mellon University
3:00 PM 3:00-4:30 Interactive &
Roundtable Sessions
4:30 PM 4:30 – 5:30 Introduction to POD for first- time attendees
5:30 PM 5:30-6:30 POD Welcome Reception, co-hosted by the POD Diversity Committee and POD Membership Committee (cash bar)
6:30 PM 6:30-8:00   Conference Dinner: Welcome and President’s Address
8:15 PM 8:15-10:00  Create@POD


Friday, November 8th

6:00 AM 6:00-7:00 Yoga
7:00 AM 7:00-8:45 Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM 7:30-8:45 POD Birds of a Feather (BOFs) 7:30-
9:00 AM 9:00-10:15 Interactive & Roundtable Sessions;Job Fair
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM 10:30-12:00  Plenary Session – CRLT Players
12:00 PM 12:00-2:00 Lunch-on-Your-Own &
Committee Meetings
 2:30 – 5:30
Excursion E2
Heinz History Museum
1:30 PM 1:30-2:00 POD Business Meeting
2:15 PM 2:15-3:30
Interactive & Roundtable Sessions
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM 3:45-5:00 Interactive
& Roundtable
5:15 PM 5:15-6:45 Resource
Fair (cash bar)
7:00 PM 7:00-8:30
POD Awards Banquet
8:30 PM Karaoke/ Dancing



Saturday, November 9th

6:00 AM 6:00-7:00 Yoga
7:00 AM 7:00-8:45
Committee Meetings & BreakfastGraduate & Professional Student Developers BreakfastInternational POD Attendees Breakfast
9:00 AM 9:00-10:15 Interactive & Roundtable Sessions
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM 10:30-12:00   Plenary Session – Dr. Adrianna Kezar
12:00 PM 12:00-1:15
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM 1:30-2:45
Interactive & Roundtable Sessions
2:30 – 5:00 Excursion E3
University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM 3:00-4:15
Interactive & Roundtable
4:15 PM Break
4:30 PM 4:30-5:45
Interactive & Roundtable
6:00 PM Dinner-on-Your-Own 8:00 – 10:00
Excursion E4
Pittsburgh Symphony – Scheherazade
8:00 – 10:00
Excursion E5
Pittsburgh Public Theatre – True West


Sunday, November 10th

6:00 AM 6:00-7:00 Yoga
7:00 AM 7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30 AM 8:30-10:00 POD-Sponsored Anchor Session:
Flipping the Mindset: Reframing Fear and Failure as Development Catalysts
10:30 AM 10:30 – 4:00
Excursion E6 Fallingwater Tour



(in U.S. dollars)

Note: You must join or renew before you register for the conference.

Individual membership (U.S. & International)


Institutional Membership (U.S. & International)

(covers 3 persons, additional persons @ $75 ea.)


Student or Retired (U.S. & International)




Conference registration fees do not include membership dues. All attendees, including one-day attendees, must be current members by the time of conference and can join or renew when registering for the conference. Please see membership dues structure above.

All fees, outlined below, are in U.S. dollars and payment must be made in U.S. dollars.

  • All conference participants are required to be current members of POD.

  • Please note that the conference registration fee includes the designated conference meals, coffee breaks and receptions.

  • Pre-conference workshops, educational expeditions, and tables at the vendor exhibit have separate fees, in addition to the registration and membership fees.


“Early Bird” Registration Fee

(Postmarked or submitted online by October 15; deadline strictly observed)

Regular Registration Fee

(Postmarked or submitted online after October 15 and by November 3)

On-site Registration Fee

(On or after November 4)





Student (member)




Retired (member)




One Day Only (member: includes lunch)




Meals only for attendee’s guest (for entire conference). Membership is not required for meals only.






Pre-Conference Workshops are presented in half-day and full-day formats. The fee for the full-day workshop (W1) is $170 and all half-day workshops are $70.



The fees for educational expeditions vary and are specified in the descriptions of the expeditions above.



Omni William Penn
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 281-7100

Guests may call (412) 281-7100 to reserve a guestroom or use the custom link below. If calling, refer to “POD Network” in order to receive the group rate of $149 (traditional room – single/double). The group rate is available only until October 16, 2013 (subject to availability).

Note: Due to home football games for both Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh, Saturday nights may be sold out. Wednesday-Friday nights should still be available at the WP Omni or the Pittsburgh DoubleTree ($169/night).

WP Omni online reservation link here.

DoubleTree online reservations here:



Driving Directions


Follow signs to Pittsburgh to I-279 North (Fort/Pitt Bridge and Tunnel); Go through the tunnel. Take the Liberty Avenue exit (straight off bridge). Proceed approximately 3 blocks and turn right on Sixth Avenue. At third intersection turn right onto William Penn Place. The hotel is located on the left.

Other transportation options from the airport:

  • Taxi Service: Approx. $40

  • Shuttle Service: Approx. $25 one way per person / $50 round trip per person

  • Private Car Service: $65 – $70


Take I-79S  to I-279S. Proceed on I-279S to I-579S (Veteran’s Bridge). From I-579S take the  6th Avenue/ exit (Mellon Arena), bear right on 6th Avenue and cross Grant Street. Go one block and turn left on William Penn Place to the hotel’s main entrance on the left.


From I-79N follow signs to I-376 East to Pittsburgh. Follow I-376E to Pittsburgh (Fort/Pitt Tunnel.) Go through the tunnel. Take the Liberty Avenue Exit (straight off bridge). Continue for approximately 3 blocks. Turn right on Sixth Avenue.  At third intersection turn right onto William Penn Place. The hotel is located on the left.


Take I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and exit on to I-376W towards Pittsburgh. Take Grant Street exit (on left) to Grant Street. Follow Grant Street six blocks to 6th Avenue and then turn left onto 6th Avenue. Immediately turn left onto William Penn Place to the hotel’s main entrance.



Packages for the POD conference can be shipped to the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219. In addition to the hotel name, clearly indicate “POD Conference” on each package, the guest’s name for whom the package should be held, and also indicate the date of arrival. A message will be left in the guest’s box, announcing package arrival. The sending of your package should be timed so as to arrive no more than 3 days before the conference.

Note the following:

Multiple packages within a single shipment should be numbered in sequence. It may be helpful to note individual package contents so that careful records of all materials may be maintained and the sender alerted in the event of damage or non-receipt. No C.O.D. shipments can be accepted; all shipping arrangements must be prepaid. It is advisable that all shipments be sent no sooner than seven days prior to the conference date.