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. The recipient of this year’s award is:

Tracking the Transfer of Research-Based Instructional Social Presence Practices – Lisa LaCross, David S. Williams, and S. Raj Chaudhury, all from the University of South Alabama

2021 Menges Award Subcommittee

  • Esther Jordan, Kennesaw State University (Chair of Subcommittee)
  • Allison BrckaLorenz, Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Adriana Signorini, University of California, Merced
  • Jordan Troisi, Colby College

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, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, awarded the 2022 Wulff Fellowship to the following recipients:

  • Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Professor of Philosophy, Gallaudet University
  • Shavonne Coleman, Inclusive Teaching and Learning Educational Developer, University of Texas at Austin
  • Ching-Yu Huang, Assistant Professor of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Stephanie Kusano, Assistant Director of Assessment, University of Michigan

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee acknowledges the time, dedication, and effort of the following individuals who served on the 2022 Fellowship Review Team.

Diversity Committee Fellowship Co-Coordinators

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

Fellowship Review Team

  • Dan Guberman, Purdue University,
  • Cheryl R. Richardson, Adler University;
  • Gloria Niles, University of Hawai’i- West Oahu,
  • David J. Rodríguez Sanfiorenzo, Snow College; and
  • Sophie Le Blanc, Carnegie Mellon 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 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 2021 Conference Fellowships to:

  • Paula Malachias, Shenandoah University
  • Angel Luis Martinez, Antioch University
  • Brandon Sabourin, University of Windsor/ Red River College

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

Kristin Morley, Salt Lake Community College (co-chair), and Reba Wissner, Columbus State University (co-chair), Elizabeth Cummins, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (co-chair elect), Patricia Guillen, Maricopa Community Colleges (co-chair elect), Douglas Jerolimov, IUPUI (co-chair), Sarah Oliver, Creighton University (co-chair).

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.

The 2021 awardees are:

  • Ghoncheh Azadeh (Graduate Student) – University of California Santa Cruz 
  • Breana Bayraktar (Graduate Student) – Northern Virginia Community College 
  • Josclynn Brandon (Graduate Student) – Indiana University 
  • Alicia Cassels (Graduate Student) – Robert Morris University 
  • Samantha Chang (Graduate Student) – University of Toronto 
  • Laura Chilson-Parks (Graduate Student) – Brown University 
  • Karin Christiaens (Graduate Student) – Columbia University 
  • Anoff Cobblah (Graduate Student) – University of Michigan — Ann Arbor 
  • Thomas Colclough (Graduate Student) – University of California, Irvine 
  • Colin Coleman (Graduate Student) – Oregon Health and Science University 
  • Phoebe Cook (Graduate Student) – University of Virginia 
  • Teha Cooks (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • Nushelle de Silva (Graduate Student) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Terri Dunbar (Graduate Student) – Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • Rania El-Desoky (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – University of Houston College of Pharmacy 
  • Kelby Hahn (Graduate Student) – Oregon State University 
  • Misbah Hyder (Graduate Student) – University of California, Irvine 
  • Melissa Jones (Graduate Student) – Florida State University 
  • Janet Lawler (Graduate Student) – University of Virginia 
  • Helen Lee (Graduate Student) – University of Chicago 
  • Chamille Lescott (Graduate Student) – Northwestern University 
  • Dani McCauley (Graduate Student) – Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
  • Erika Nadile (Graduate Student) – Arizona State University 
  • Kayleigh O’Keeffe (Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow) – University of Pennsylvania 
  • Anna Piotti (Graduate Student) – The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Malia Piper (Graduate Student) – University of Michigan 
  • Hima Rawal (Graduate Student) – Michigan State University 
  • John Schulz (Graduate Student) – Princeton University 
  • Mike Sebastian (Graduate Student) – University of Iowa 
  • Amanda Valdespino (Graduate Student) – University of Miami 
  • Ashley Watson (Graduate Student) – University of Minnesota 
  • Karen Zandarski (Graduate Student) – CSU Stanislaus 
  • 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.

2021 POD Network Innovation Award Finalists:

Put it into Practice (PIP): A Community-Building Support Model for Instructional Innovation –  Laura Cruz, Deena Levy, Beate Brunow (Schreyer Institute for teaching Excellence, Penn State University

Educational Developers Thinking Allowed (EDTA)Celia Popovic, York University, and Fiona Smart, Edinburgh Napier University

Healthy Academics Initiative Claire Barrett, Katherine Loving, Paris Wicker, and Kelsey Weddig; University of Wisconsin, Madison

Revealing the expert blindspot on a $7 budget  – Lew Ludwig, Denison University; Ben Haywood, Furman University

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 on Friday, November 12, 4:45 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 on Friday, November 12, 4:45 p.m. (EST) via Zoom.