Welcome to the POD Network, a professional and scholarly organization for those dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. Our membership draws from the ranks of faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students, and brings together a range of expertise in fields such as educational development, assessment, instructional technology, and organizational development. Based in North America, we represent a wide array of disciplinary backgrounds, institutional types, and geographical locations of higher education institutions from around the world. Out of this diversity, we come together to address our shared passion for excellence and inclusivity in higher education.
I’m particularly excited to welcome you to our new website, which offers resources, news, and a chance for POD members to network with each other. I invite you to take a little time to explore the site, learn more about POD and about the work our members do.
If you are not already a member, I hope you will join us. Our annual conference in the autumn is a wonderful opportunity to learn from and share with others who do this valuable work. For those new to educational development, we offer a week long Institute for New Faculty Developers every other summer, and a one-day new developers pre-conference workshop before every conference.
If you’ve been working in this area and want to join in the scholarly conversation, I encourage you to present at the annual conference or submit a paper for publication in To Improve the Academy, our peer-reviewed journal. You can also join in the discussions on the website and Google Group, or contribute to wikiPODia , a collaborative repository of our collective and emergent understanding of our field.
POD is known for its collegiality, inclusiveness, and spirit of sharing. As we embark on a renewed strategic plan to support learning, teaching, research and leadership, we welcome you to the POD network and our website. Please join us!
Kathryn M. Plank, PhD
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Otterbein University
President, Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education