The 2020 POD Network Conference features 4 Plenary Sessions, sessions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, a special Affinity Group session for Educational Developers of Color, and POD sponsored professional development sessions.

Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are informal conversations designed to foster relationships between experienced educational developers and colleagues new to the field, and are intended to promote more meaningful interaction and deeper relationships than can sometimes occur during regular conference sessions. Each BoF session is facilitated by a team of experienced educational developers with expertise in a particular topic. The topics—not exhaustive of the expertise represented at the conference—are intended to be timely and have broad appeal across the full range of participants. BoF sessions are offered as bookends to the conference and intended to foster conversations. Participants are encouraged to attend the opening and closing BoF sessions Monday, November 9 and Monday, November 16, respectively. Facilitators will set up avenues for encouraging conversations throughout the conference (for details see the Conference Schedule).

Affinity Group Meeting

An Affinity Group Conversation for Educational Developers of Color

Do you identify as a person of color? If yes, then we invite you to POD’s second annual affinity group meeting designed for people of color by people of color. In this virtual session, we will reflect on our experiences as educators and/or educational developers and synthesize a working list of strategies to network, build community beyond the annual conference, and support our growth and development within and beyond the POD Network. View session information.


Plenary 1: Presidential Welcome – Connections and Community in the POD Network

Donna Ellis

Tuesday, November 10, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm ET, Zoom

In her address, POD President, Dr. Donna Ellis, will draw on the concepts of connection and community within the POD Network, sharing various stories with us to explore her ideas. View session information and attend.

Plenary 2: Narrative Interventions: Power Sharing and Boundary Crossing in Action

Linda S. Stewart and Esther Jordan

Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm ET, Zoom

Narrative is powerful — even in small doses. Narrative pedagogy transforms by disrupting traditional teaching practices to co-construct knowledge (Ironside 2006), which is also true in educational development. Using narrative is an inclusive and transdisciplinary approach that enables educational developers to reimagine themselves as transformative “boundary crossers” (Cruz, Manginelli, Parker, Strahlman, 2018, p. 2). This session draws upon the authors’ small narrative interventions in graduate student and faculty orientations to increase participants’ sense of belonging, community, and self-efficacy. Facilitators will describe and model these generalizable narrative activities, and participants will identify storytelling strategies for their unique educational development contexts. View session information and attend.

Plenary 3: Equity, Decoloniality, and Social Justice: Learning in Dialogue with South African Colleagues

Dorothe Bach, Elizabeth Dickens, Michelle Joubert, Cortney McEniry, Carl Moore, Brian Sibanda, and Adriana Streifer

Thursday, November 12, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm ET, Zoom

How do educational developers around the globe best support their institutions in becoming more equitable and just? What can we learn from the different ways we are  enacting— or failing to enact—our commitments? Presenters from diverse institutional contexts— a large, South African historically white and now majority black institution; a US historically black university; and a US elite, predominantly white institution — reflect on their shared commitments to decoloniality, anti-racism, and social justice. Audience members will learn from engaging with theoretical frameworks that guide the work in South Africa and explore examples of novel approaches to fostering liberatory educational practices. View session information and attend.

Plenary 4: Global Faculty Development: 5 Countries, 11 Campuses and Why it Matters for Everyone

C. Shaun Longstreet, Lobna Sorour, Carolyn Ives, and Paul Martin

Friday, November 13, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm ET, Zoom

With increasingly interconnected global higher education, the shortcomings of dominant Anglo-American models of educational development are exposed when transposed upon emergent higher education communities and global First Nations’ contexts. Moreover, as educational development becomes increasingly professionalized, harmful gaps and toxic cultures arise from blind spots created by disciplinary “best-practices”. This experiential session examines our profession’s limitations and the potentially detrimental constraints of faculty development modes we practice on our own campuses. This session encourages strategies for more critical reflexive practices that will benefit the profession and underserved populations of faculty and students. View session information and attend.

POD-Sponsored Professional Development Sessions 

These sessions are sponsored and submitted by members of various POD Network committees, then reviewed and vetted by POD Network’s Core Committee. Professional Development Sessions (PDS) are dedicated to furthering the professional development of POD members. PDS seek to address a persistent professional development need focusing on educational development practice and are geared toward a broad range of the membership. 

#POD20 Professional Development Sessions Include: