The POD Network offers several grants and awards to provide funding and support for members of POD attempting to contribute new knowledge or tools to the field of instructional, faculty, and organizational development. Click on the links below to learn more.


  • Adjunct Faculty SIG Travel Grant

Congratulations to our 2023 Adjunct/Part-time Faculty conference grant recipients:

    • Dr. Shihua Brazill, New Mexico State University, Instructional Consultant Lead
    • Catherine Keohane, Montclair State University, Associate Director, Office for Faculty Excellence
    • Dr. Ileana Hernandez, Florida International University, Assistant Director for Faculty and Education Development
    • Jeannie Anderson, Waubonsee Community College, Adjunct Faculty Development Coordinator
    • Angela Atwell, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide; Executive Director – Rothwell CTLE


  • Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar Development (GPPD) Career Development Grant

The GPPD awards a number of grants to graduate students, professional students, and postdocs to support their attendance at the annual POD Conference. The grant covers all conference registration fees for either online or in-person attendance as well as one year of POD membership dues. Awardees are expected to demonstrate commitment to teaching effectiveness, interest in or commitment to educational development, relevance of attending POD conference to career plans, and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in education.

Congratulations to our 2023 GPPD Career Development Grant recipients:

    • Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Indiana University
    • Richard-Andre Bachmann, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Nur Yasemin Bavbek, Brown University
    • Min Kyung Boo, Temple University
    • Parla Buyruk, UC San Diego
    • Klaudja Caushi, Boston University
    • Samara Chamoun, Michigan State University
    • Gavin Frome, American University
    • Luis Garcia, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Delfina González, Yale University
    • Asta Habtemichael, University of Rhode Island
    • Audrey Holt, Yale University
    • Anthony Howcroft, Drexel University
    • Boyun Kim, UC Irvine
    • Cody Limber, Yale University
    • Paula Marcelle, Indiana University, Bloomington
    • Silvia Mazabel, University of British Columbia 
    • Graham Read, UCLA
    • Jacques Safari Mwayaona, Syracuse University
    • Lexi Schlosser, University of Denver
    • Benjamin Silver, Columbia University
    • Sharon Ultsch, University College Cork
    • Collins N. Vaye, Florida International University
    • Anlly Merlano Villalba, Universidad del Norte
    • Lingyi Wei, University of Utah
    • Ina Zaimi, University of Michigan

The Donald H. Wulff Diversity Fellowship aims to increase and support sustained participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the field of educational development. The Fellowship recognizes individuals from all career stages, from early or pre-career to senior educational developers, for their accomplishments and future potential to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Donald H. Wulff Diversity Fellows

    • Ebony Aya, Ph.D., Macalester College
    • Maimuna Begum Kali, Florida International University
    • Jonathan Byrn, Ph.D., Yakima Valley College
    • Beth Counselman-Carpenter, Ph.D., LCSW, Adelphi University
    • Viyon Dansu, Florida International University
    • Aleya Dhanji, Ph.D., Highline College
    • Chinasa Elue, Ph.D., Kennesaw State University
    • Marissa Gee, Cornell University
    • Abigail Jaimes-Gomez, Mohave Community College
    • Boyun Kim, University of California Irvine
    • Na-Li Kim, Ed.D., The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Eunjin Kim, The Pennsylvania State University
    • Jeanne Kusina, Ph.D., The University of Toledo
    • Rainamei Luna, Pennsylvania State University
    • Jaclyn Rivard, Ph.D., National Louis University
    • Jacques Safari Mwayaona, Syracuse University
    • Evangeline Su, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University
    • Bailey Szustak, University of Illinois Chicago
    • Yingfah Thao, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (System Office)
    • Lisa Webb, Ed.D., CRC, Virginia Commonwealth University


Researcher Grants

Dr. Megan Frary and Dr. Sarah Lausch, Boise State University

“A Graduate Student Instructor Learning Community: Creating Belonging, Confidence, and Reflective Practitioners”

Dr. Andrew Estrada Phuong, UC Berkeley and Dr. Judy Nguyen, Stanford University

“Do Educational Development Innovations Focused on Adaptive Equity – Oriented Pedagogy have a Significant Impact on Student Achievement?”

Early Researcher Grants

Dr. Alyssa DeWees and Sharron DeRosier, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“Determining the Impact of Professional Development Incentives on Adjunct Faculty Motivation”

Dr. Lauren Anstey, College of the Rockies

“Reconceptualizing Authentic Learning for Designing Future-looking Curriculum”

Kate Flom Derrick, Northwestern University and Dr. Bethany Morrison, University of Michigan

“Codifying Workshops: Surfacing the Purpose(s) of Workshops in Educational Development”


DEI Research Grant

Dr. Christina Bifulco, Rutgers University and Dr. Chris Drue, Rutgers University

“Providing Scaffolding and Choice to Improve a Faculty Development Program”


  • Co-Creation Through Partnership (CCP) SIG

2023 Student Conference Grant

      • Maren C. Rice, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University CTLE
      • Dalton Whitman, Student Partner with Florida, Gulf Coast University


Michael Palmer, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia

Recipients of The Bob Pierlioni Spirit of POD Award, the highest honor POD bestows on a member, demonstrate selfless contributions through service to the organization and the field of educational development.  They exemplify the philosophy, principles, and practices of the POD Network such as generosity of spirit, kindness, compassion, sincerity, inclusiveness, and civility.  

The nominations written about Michael Palmer give shape to the amorphous and fuzzy idea of “spirit.” Multiple nominators wrote about his generosity with ideas, time, materials, collaborations, a way of mentoring that became equal partnerships.  They gave examples of his compassion, his recognition of personal and professional struggles, and how he models what it means to be a humble learner, to accept feedback and to grow and develop. They lauded his leadership in POD and the many ways he used his leadership roles to make POD better.  For example, as an editor for To Improve the Academy, he worked to make the process for publishing in TIA more transparent. As chair of the Membership Committee, he revised the membership fee structure to increase equity and launched the Buddy program to welcome new members.

A quote from one nomination letter: “Michael’s equity-minded leadership of his team serves as a model for other institutions and the POD Network. During the pandemic, Michael led his team through a self-study focused on inclusive excellence, which went on to inform a range of work on racial equity and justice ( Through this kind of exemplary self-reflection, Michael challenges us to be better – while he is also doing the same.“

The 2023 POD Innovation Award went to Lori Mumpower, Kim Chambers, Amy Cicchino, Teha Cooks, Claudia Cornejo Happel, and Chad Rohrbacher from the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach. The title of their innovation project is “Small Teaching, Big Results: Leveraging Department Chairpersons to Improve Teaching and Learning.”

For their Small Teaching Challenge project, the CTLE encouraged faculty members to adopt evidence-based teaching practices that were easy to implement. To engage a large number of faculty, the CTLE members built on relationships with department chairs and interdepartmental competition. Students rated the teaching practices highly on their end-of-course evaluations, and participating faculty members expressed interest in continuing to use the teaching practices and in repeating the Small Teaching Challenge in the future.

The Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development was established in recognition of Robert J. Menges. Bob Menges was and remains an honored scholar. His long years of work and contributions to teaching and learning and faculty and educational development in higher education can be characterized by his spirit of caring consultation, active participation, and rigorous research. This award honors sessions by POD Network members at our annual conference that reflect Bob Menges’ values and approaches to his work. He loved to create studies out of ideas, and he practiced a wide variety of methodologies and designs. This recognition was established and first awarded at the 2000 POD Network conference in Vancouver.

Winner of the 2023 Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development

Interrelationships of Institutional and Disciplinary Cultural Influences on Faculty Teaching By Stephen Hiller, Indiana University