Detailed information about grants and awards can be found on the Grants and Awards page of the POD Network website.

Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development

The Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development honors sessions by POD Network members that focus on original, transformative research characterized by rigorous, systematic investigation and evidence-based conclusions. Additional details are found on the POD Network website. This year, the selection committee chose two winners:

Outcomes of a Hybrid, Multi-Institutional Course Design Workshop Series

Darren Hoffmann, University of Iowa; Katie Kearns, Indiana University Bloomington; Preston Cumming, University of Colorado Boulder; Leslie Drane, Indiana University Bloomington; Madeleine Gonin, Indiana University Bloomington; Lisa Kelly, University of Iowa; Lisa Rohde, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Shawana Tabassum, Iowa State University

Faculty Community of Inquiry Transforms Online Teaching Perceptions and Practices

Karen Skibba, University of Wisconsin–Madison; and Maria Widmer, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2020 Menges Award Subcommittee

  • Esther Jordan, Kennesaw State University (Chair of Subcommittee);
  • Allison BrckaLorenz, Indiana University at Bloomington;
  • Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Adriana Signorini, University of California, Merced;
  • Jordan Troisi, Colby College; and
  • Lindsay Wheeler, University of Virginia

Donald H. Wulff Diversity Fellowships

The Donald H. Wulff Diversity Fellowship is aimed at increasing the participation of people from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and individuals from underrepresented institutions in the field of educational development into the POD Network. The fellowship also encourages recipients to explore their particular interests and questions related to diversity and educational development. The fellowship is named after a former POD Network President, the late Donald Wulff, who was unequivocally committed to advancing diversity issues within the field of educational development and advocating for diversity issues within the POD Network. Every time we select new recipients for the diversity fellowship, we honor his legacy to the POD Network and commitment to diversifying the POD Network’s membership.

The POD Network, upon recommendation of the Diversity Committee, awarded the 2020 Wulff Fellowship to the following recipients:

  • Helen C. Ballestas, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
  • Mark Collins, Valencia College
  • Jeremy Harper, Boise State University
  • Eunice Ndeto Ivala, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Lisa Jong, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ángel L. Martínez, Antioch University
  • Sheena Daree Miller, The New School
  • Sara Suzuki, Boston College
  • Erin Thompson, University of Hawai’i Community Colleges-Leeward Community College
  • Amanda Wilkerson, University of Central Florida

The Diversity Committee acknowledges the time, dedication, and effort of the following individuals who served on the 2020 Fellowship Review Team.

Diversity Committee Fellowship Co-Coordinators

Carol Hernandez, Stony Brook University; and Charline Rowland, Bethany College

Fellowship Review Team

  • Mascha Gemein, University of Arizona;
  • Dan Guberman, Purdue University,
  • Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Xavier University;
  • Gloria Niles, University of Hawai’i- West Oahu,
  • Ijeoma Njaka, Georgetown University;
  • Chandani Patel, New York University;
  • David J. Rodríguez Sanfiorenzo, Snow College; and
  • Jason Todd, Xavier University.

Adjunct Faculty/Part-time SIG Travel Award

The POD Network Adjunct Faculty/Part-time SIG Travel Fellowship was developed for educational developers who support adjunct faculty or adjunct faculty with an interest in becoming educational developers. The fellowship provides travel funds to attend the POD Network Conference to learn more about various ways adjunct/part-time faculty can be supported.

The POD Network, upon recommendation of the Adjunct Faculty/Part-time SIG awarded the 2020 Travel Fellowships to:

  • Nicolette Boessling, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Valerie Bondura, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Susan Brown, University of Dayton
  • Yi Q. Guo, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Rachel O’Grady, Maricopa Community Colleges: South Mountain Campus

The Adjunct Faculty/Part-time SIG thanks the following individuals who served on the awards selection committee:

Douglas Jerolimov, IUPUI (co-chair), Sarah Oliver, Creighton University (co-chair), Kristin Morley, Salt Lake Community College (co-chair elect), and Reba Wissner, Columbus State University (co-chair elect)

Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar Development Career Development Grant

The GPPD Career Development Grant provides an opportunity for graduate students, professional students, and postdocs who have demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and are exploring a career in educational development to attend the POD Network conference and become a member of POD at no cost. Each applicant was evaluated by members of the GPPD Special Interest Group on four criteria: 1) teaching experience and effectiveness, 2) demonstrated commitment to teacher development, 3) relevance of attending the POD Network conference to one’s future career plans, and 4) demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in education.

  • Sophia Abbot (Graduate Student) – George Mason University
  • Breana Bayraktar (Graduate Student) – Northern Virginia Community College
  • Amanda Brockman (Graduate Student) – Vanderbilt University
  • Javier Caride (Graduate Student) – Harvard University
  • Rania El-Desoky (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Katherine Farrar (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Kaitlyn Farrell Rodriguez (Graduate Student) – University of Texas at Austin
  • Nicole Galante (Graduate Student) – Elon University
  • Miguel Angel Garrido Garcia (Graduate Student) – Columbia University
  • Brenna Gormally (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – Chapman University
  • Cait Kirby (Graduate Student) – Vanderbilt University
  • Mohammad Meerzaei (Graduate Student) – Vanderbilt University
  • Lindy Messer (Graduate Student) – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan (Graduate Student) – University of New Hampshire
  • Eduardo Montes Romero (Graduate Student) – University of Colorado Boulder
  • William O’Brochta (Graduate Student) – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Christine O’Donnell (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – Arizona State University
  • Michelle Rossi (Graduate Student) – University of California Davis
  • Zeenar Salim (Graduate Student) – Syracuse University
  • Abby Schroering (Graduate Student) – Columbia University
  • Emily Seiden (Graduate Student) – IU School of Medicine
  • Kendra Smith (Graduate Student) – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Sara Spear (Graduate Student) – Rutgers University
  • Julie Speer (Graduate Student) – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Lydia Wagenknecht (Graduate Student) – University of Colorado Boulder
  • Clarisse Wells (Graduate Student) – Harvard University
  • Timothy Williamson (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Joseph Woldman (Graduate Student) – Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Sally Wu (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – Northwestern University
  • Jamie Zhan (Graduate Student) – Princeton University

POD Network Innovation Award

Originally called the Bright Idea Award, the POD Network Innovation Award seeks to recognize the original, innovative ideas of new and experienced educational developers that improve teaching and learning, help to enhance the effectiveness of higher education faculty, and contribute to the field of educational development. From a highly competitive pool of proposals, the selection committee recognizes finalists who present their innovative ideas in a special poster session during the poster session (On-Demand at conference website). Each finalist will be recognized at the closing session where the winner of the award will be announced.

2020 POD Network Innovation Award Finalists:

What’s an Assignment that Really Helped You Learn? The Survey Says…
Carolyn Samuel (Senior Academic Associate), Eva Dobler (Teaching and Learning Consultant), Mariela Tovar (Senior Academic Associate), Bruktawit Maru (Master’s student); McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Write Track: Virtual Equity Initiative to Support Writing and Well-being
Kim Case and Sharon Zumbrunn; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Undergraduate Students Partnering with Faculty to Develop Trauma-informed, Anti-racist Pedagogical Approaches during COVID-19 Times
Alison Cook-Sather, Nicole Litvitskiy (Haverford College Class of 2020), Maria Bohan, (Bryn Mawr College Class of 2021), Hurum Tohfa (Bryn Mawr College Class of 2022); Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom Online Professional Development Course for Instructors
Mathew L. Ouellett, Melina Ivanchikova, Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching, Ana Ruival, Course Assistant; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

A Customizable Course Evaluation Process to Equitably Support Faculty and Increase Agency and Autonomy
Colleen M. Kuusinen, Jennifer Goodspeed (Program Improvement Analyst, OAPA), Claire Hamilton, Martha Stassen (Associate Provost, Assessment and Educational Effectiveness, OAPA), Beth Lisi (Assistant Director, CTL), Brian Baldi (Assistant Director, CTL), Kirsten Helmer (Director of Programming for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, CTL), Mei-Yau Shih (Associate Director, CTL); University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Christine A. Stanley Award for Diversity and Inclusion Research in Educational Development

The Christine A. Stanley Award for Diversity and Inclusion Research in Educational Development seeks to honor individuals who, like Dr. Christine Stanley (former POD Network president in 2000-2001 and chair of the Diversity Committee from 1993-1999), have demonstrated unequivocal commitment to advancing research on diversity and inclusion issues in educational development. More information on the purpose, eligibility and selection criteria for this award are available at the POD Network website.

The results of this year’s award process will be announced at the live Awards Recognition/Closing Session Friday, November 13, 4:15 p.m. (EST) via Zoom.

Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award

Each year, the Spirit of POD Award subcommittee has the option of presenting the “Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award” to one of our members. The Spirit of POD Award is one significant way that POD can recognize members who have made selfless contributions through their long-time professional service to the organization and the field of educational development. More information about the history, criteria and nomination process for this award are available on the POD Network website.

The results of this year’s award process will be announced at the live Awards Recognition/Closing Session Friday, November 13, 4:15 p.m. (EST) via Zoom.