The Donald H. Wulff Diversity Fellowship—named to honor the memory of former POD President and early supporter of the POD Diversity Committee—aims to increase and support sustained participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the field of educational development.
Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered individuals; and individuals with disabilities. These fellowships are also intended to support individuals working at institutions that are currently underrepresented in the POD network. These institutions include, but are not limited to: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Native American Tribal Colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions or Hispanic Area Colleges and Institutions, Minority-Serving Institutions (or those aspiring to become MSIs), and Community Colleges. The fellowship is named to honor the memory of the former POD President, Donald H. Wulff, who was an early supporter of the POD Diversity Committee. This initiative highlights the alignment of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s mission with POD’s strategic priority.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education enthusiastically invites applicants with all levels of experience in educational development to apply, including graduate students and other early career or pre-career applicants to senior educational developers.
Past Wulff Fellows are encouraged to apply and serve as mentors to new awardees. Wulff Fellow Mentors will take the lead in facilitating community-building experiences for new fellows throughout the conference and going forward through the year.
The POD Network Conference is an opportunity for educators, administrators, consultants, and innovators to come together and participate in interactive sessions and networking events focused on current issues and trends in educational development. This year’s conference will offer two paths: an online conference experience and an on-ground conference in Seattle. Both conference paths feature programs specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion. New Wulff Fellows will share their work or perspectives through a roundtable discussion and have the opportunity to connect with one another. Wulff Fellow Mentors will provide guidance and support to new Fellows.
The Fellowship awards up to $2000 towards:
- A one-year POD membership;
- Registration fee for the POD Conference (online or on-ground);
- For awardees opting for the on-ground conference, financial support for travel costs to Seattle, WA.
Fellows are expected to:
- Attend the 2022 POD Conference (online experience or on-ground)
- Attend the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s Annual Business Meeting;
- Participate in a roundtable discussion sharing work, insights, perspectives, and/or experiences
- Participate in Wulff Fellow cohort networking opportunities during the 2022–2023 fellowship year to connect and build community around their work;
- Submit a post-conference report and a 6-month check-in survey at the midpoint of their fellowship year. This post-conference report and the 6-month check-in survey will help us assess the effectiveness of the program to better the experience of Wulff Fellows.
Criteria, Timeline, and Resources
A successful application should clearly articulate:
- The applicant’s identification as someone from a historically underrepresented group or someone serving at an institution that is currently underrepresented in POD membership. Please see the fellowship description above for more information;
- The applicant’s interest and/or experience in educational development;
- How the applicant would benefit from attending the conference;
- A clear and explicit explanation of how sustained engagement with the DEI Committee and POD network aligns with your goals in the field of educational development (for example, if you are a grad student, how this opportunity will help you explore career and other professional interests; if you are more advanced in your career, how this opportunity will help you towards your professional goals).
- The work, insights, perspectives, and/or experiences that you will contribute to the POD conference roundtable or (for past Wulff Fellows applying as Wulff Fellow Mentors) how you will serve to mentor new awardees through the conference and beyond.
- A travel budget if applying to attend the POD on-ground conference in Seattle, WA.
Application Timeline and Resources
- Deadline for submission: no later than Friday, July 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST to be considered for this award.
- Application can be found here: Wulff Application Form. As a resource, see examples of successful applications here.
- Notification of award in August
- Attend POD Conference this year in November