POD Innovation Award

Guidelines for Submissions

The POD Innovation Award application is now closed.


It was at the 1986 annual POD conference in Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania, that Marilla Svinicki and Marilyn Leach launched the Bright Idea Award (BIA). Their purpose was to recognize innovative ideas that improve learning and teaching, as well as enhance the general effectiveness of higher education faculty members. The basic intent was to share innovative ideas with the POD membership and encourage others to adapt the ideas for their own use, as well as to develop useful innovations themselves.

Continuing this tradition at each annual conference of the POD Network, the Bright Idea Awards were presented to participants who implemented creative ideas for the enhancement of teaching and learning and/or faculty development. In 2004, the name of the award was changed to the POD Innovation Award. Recipients are recognized at the Awards banquet and receive an engraved trophy.

View past POD Innovation Award finalists on WikiPODia.

See examples from Previous Winners.


The POD Innovation Award recognizes POD Network members who have implemented creative ideas for educational development. This recognition is presented at the annual conference. The purpose of the award is twofold:

  1. To encourage participants to share their ideas with colleagues in the POD Network.
  2. To recognize those working in any area of educational development: faculty, graduate student, instructional, or organizational development.


We encourage both new and experienced participants at the annual POD conference to submit an entry. We will notify finalists of the POD Innovation Award on or before Monday, October 7, 2019.

To win the POD Innovation Award, at least one author listed on the innovation poster submission is required to:

  • Be a member of POD at the time of submission
  • If chosen as a finalist, present at the poster session at the POD conference and distribute a handout describing their Innovation Award (Poster size is 3 feet height by 4 feet width maximum
  • Attend the Friday evening banquet and awards ceremony

Selection Process and Award Rubric

A committee of POD Network members representing various programs and institutions will review the submissions with the following process and rubric:

Round 1:
The POD Innovation Award committee determines the submissions that best meet the criterion of Innovative on the Innovation Award Rubric. The submissions with the highest scores move on to Round 2.

Round 2:
The Innovation Award Rubric is used to review each submission. The submissions with the highest scores become the finalists for the Innovation Award.

Round 3:
At the Annual POD Conference, each finalist submission team presents a poster at the Poster Session on Friday night. The committee reviews the posters and speaks with the finalists. The committee deliberates before the Awards Banquet to determine the submission that best meets the criteria of the Innovation Award.

The POD Innovation Award winner will be announced at the Friday evening banquet.

POD Innovation Award Rubric

Important Dates for 2019

  • Submission period: July 22 – September 8, 2019 (Extended due to Hurricane Dorian affecting our FL members)
  • Finalists will be notified on September 27, 2019
  • Early Bird registration is open through October 4, 2019

Poster Session is Friday evening during the conference before the Awards Banquet.


Josie Baudier | POD Innovation Award Chair | jbaudier@kennesaw.edu