The Scholarship Committee is excited to announce registration for the Spring 2021 POD Scholarly Reads.

Our upcoming session will explore Centering Underrepresented Experiences in Higher Education. All meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm EST.


For more information and to register, please go to:

POD Scholarly Reads Registration.


Centering Underrepresented Experiences in Higher Education

Prepared in Collaboration with the POD Diversity Committee


This spring, we’ll look at three examples of scholarship that center experiences of students, faculty, and faculty developers from underrepresented groups in Higher Education. In centering these experiences, we hope to ask vital questions about our work and how we can strive for inclusion and equity. Per POD Scholarly Reads’ mission, we also hope to inquire about the unique value and contributions of the methodologies involved, and we encourage you to read them with that focus in mind. Register here!


March 2 

Artze‐Vega, I. (2019). A Latina Developer Confronts Implicit Bias in CTL Hiring. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2019(158), 37-47.


This chapter describes the author’s experience of applying for a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Directorship during which personal, institutional, and educational development identities intersected. Recommendations for inclusive CTL searches are provided.


April 6 

Sotto-Santiago, Sylk (2020). “Am I Really Good Enough?”: Black and Latinx Experiences with Faculty Development. To Improve the Academy, 39(2).;rgn=main


This study focuses on the experiences of Black and Latinx faculty in academic medicine in relation to their educational and faculty development. Narratives by participants reflect on their career path and refer to faculty development programs as valuable but also as dominant group-centric, counter to their cultural backgrounds and the underrepresented faculty experience. Findings reveal the need for faculty development to be spaces for affirmation, validation, and accountability and suggest the need for tailored programs. Furthermore, implications on the research and practice of faculty affairs within higher education and academic medicine are outlined.


May 4 

Tuitt, F., Haynes, C., & Stewart, S. (2018). Transforming the classroom at traditionally White institutions to make Black lives matter. To Improve the Academy, 37(1), 63-76.;rgn=main


In recent years, many college campuses across the United States witnessed a significant increase in campus activism regarding the range of experiences and conditions facing racially minoritized communities in higher education. As critical and inclusive pedagogues and scholars, we embrace the belief that a focus on making Black Lives Matter in the classrooms of traditionally White institutions (TWIs) provides educators with the best chance to improve the educational outcomes of all students. In this essay, we examine seven principles of critical and inclusive pedagogies that have the potential to make Black Lives Matter in TWI classrooms and identify several implications they have for creating racially inclusive, affirming, and equitable learning environments for all students. We do this in order to share our collective understanding of the “one thing” that drives our work, which is our continued pursuit to realize education as the practice of freedom.

Please join us! Registration for Spring 2021 POD Scholarly Reads


POD Scholarly Reads

What is it? 

POD Scholarly Reads is a professional development initiative of the POD Scholarship Committee that aims to:

  • support POD members in meaningful engagement with scholarly literature and
  • provide POD members with low-investment, ongoing opportunities to participate in a scholarly community

How does it work?

Anyone can join the POD Scholarly Reads group, which meets monthly to discuss a scholarly article during a 60-minute Zoom meeting run by the Scholarship Committee. We are often fortunate enough to be joined by the authors of the article, and the group is a great way to engage with research, researchers, and POD members from a variety of institutions.

Our readings focus on one topic for a 3-month series (see previous topics below). Topics and readings are chosen based upon POD member suggestions. Commit to one article or the 3-month series, the choice is yours!

During the Zoom session, the Scholarship Committee facilitator introduces the session, and if present, gives the author of the article a chance to share a bit about the origins of the study. The facilitator then breaks up the larger group into smaller (4-5 participants) breakout rooms to discuss the article. Some of the questions that drive the small group discuss include:

  • What are the primary strengths and weaknesses of this study, in terms of its design?
  • How does this study connect with other work you may be involved in (e.g., questions your faculty have, programs you offer, initiatives at your institution, the broader landscape of higher education)?
  • What else do you want to learn about as a result of reading this study?
  • What questions do you have for the author?

After the small group discussion, the facilitator brings the group back together to ask the author questions.

Who participates? 

We typically have anywhere from 15-20 participants per Zoom session, which include:

  • Scholarship committee members
    • Adam Smith, Pennsylvania State University
    • Daphna Atias, George Washington University
    • Heather Dwyer, Tufts University
    • Chris Kilgore, UT-Knoxville
  • Article author(s) and/or researchers in the same field as author(s)
  • POD members and faculty members (who may or may not be POD members) from a wide variety of institutions

How do I register for the next session?

For more information and to register, please go to: POD Scholarly Reads Registration

What do participants read? 

COVID’s Impact on Students, Faculty, and Educational Developers (Fall 2020)

  • December 1 (educational developer perspectives): POD Network members Lindsay Wheeler and Eric Kaldor are leading a collaborative Scholarship of Educational Development research project to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and large-scale instructional changes in higher education have impacted educational developers and their work. They will join us to share some of the preliminary findings from their work.

Student Evaluations of Teaching (Spring 2020)

  • February 4: NEW! We are going to change it up and listen to an episode of Doug McKee and Edward O’Neill’s Teach Better podcast with Betsy Barre, focused on an overview of the student evaluation literature:
  • March 3: Linse, A. R. (2017). Interpreting and using student ratings data: Guidance for faculty serving as administrators and on evaluation committees. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 54, 94-106.
  • April 7: Peterson, D. A., Biederman, L. A., Andersen, D., Ditonto, T. M., & Roe, K. (2019). Mitigating gender bias in student evaluations of teaching. PloS one, 14(5), e0216241.

Imposter Syndrome (Fall 2019)

  • Walton, G. M., & Brady, S. T. (in press). The social-belonging intervention. In G. M. Walton & A. J. Crum (Eds.) Handbook of Wise Interventions: How Social-Psychological Insights Can Help Solve Problems, Guilford Press: New York, NY.
  • Rudenga, K. J., & Gravett, E. O. (2019). Impostor Phenomenon in Educational Developers. To Improve the Academy, 38(1), 1-17.
  • Hutchins, H. M. (2015). Outing the imposter: A study exploring imposter phenomenon among higher education faculty. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 27(2), 3-12.

SoED and Technology (Summer 2019)

  • Stephanie Vie (2016). “What’s Going On?: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Media Use in the Writing Classroom” Journal of Faculty Development, 29, no. 2
  • Kayla Morehead, John Dunlosky, Katherine Rawson (2019). “How Much Mightier Is the Pen than the Keyboard for Note-Taking? A Replication and Extension of Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014)” Educational Psychology Review, 31(3), 753-780.
  • Ashley N. Castleberry et al. (2018). “5-Minute University: A Description and Discussion of 5-Minute Faculty Teaching Training Videos” Journal of Faculty Development, 30, no. 2.

Innovative Assessment (Spring 2019)

  • Sarah Boesdorfer et al. (2018) “Emphasizing Learning: Using Standards-Based Grading in a Large Nonmajors’ General Chemistry Survey Course” Journal of Chemical Education, 95(8), 1291-1300.
  • Deborah S. Meizlish, Mary C. Wright, Joseph Howard, & Matthew L. Kaplan (2017), “Measuring the impact of a new faculty program using institutional data,” International Journal for Academic Development, 23(2), 72-85.
  • Carol Hurney et al. (2016) “The Faculty Learning Outcome Assessment Framework” Journal of Faculty Development, 30, no.2.

Resistance to Active Learning (Fall 2018)

Diversity and Inclusion (Summer 2018)

  • David A. Green & Deandra Little (2016). “Family portrait: a profile of educational developers around the world”, International Journal for Academic Development, 21(2), 135-150.
  • China Jenkins & Mary Alfred (2018). “Understanding the motivation and transformation of White culturally responsive professors” Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 24(1), 81-99.
  • Gregory Walton & Geoffrey Cohen (2007). “A Question of Belonging: Race, Social Fit, and Achievement” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(1), 82.