SIG Mission: Educators play a critical role as humanity faces multiple ecological crises of global significance. The Earth-Centered SIG's mission is three-fold: To advance and support Earth-centered and resilient pedagogy, curricula, and research that aim to (1) utilize systems thinking to understand the reciprocal relationship between human well-being and survival and the healthy functioning of all parts of the natural Earth system; (2) engage students in interdisciplinary, community-engaged, applied whole-person learning that is required for approaching wicked problems such as environmental degradation and climate change; (3) highlight the inherent and inseparable connections between social justice movements and environmental concerns through the lens of environmental justice; and (4) foster a resilient teaching and learning ethos that prioritizes responsive teaching and supports faculty to adapt as conditions and events unfold. To empower educational developers and teaching centers to model sustainable and regenerative organizational practices; and To promote a more sustainable POD Network organization, including the annual conference.
Charge: The mission of the Scholarship Committee is to support the POD Network's strategic goal of "advancing evidence-based practice" through the fostering of the development, application, and dissemination of research, scholarship, and creative works related to educational development and the membership of the POD Network.
SIG Mission: The mission of the Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy SIG is to explore and support the implementation and impact of contemplative practices into post-secondary classrooms.To accomplish this mission, the SIG aims to(1) support educational developers interested in cultivating contemplative pedagogy practices and communities on their campuses, and(2) foster the development of concrete models of implementation and assessment of these practices in higher education settings.
Charge: The purpose of the Digital Resources and Innovation Committee (DRI) is to advise on and facilitate the implementation of policies and practices regarding POD's use of digital and communication resources to support the work of the POD Network and POD members.
Charge: The Diversity Committee (DC) serves as an advocate to the POD Network by advising members of the Core Committee on ways to sustain and improve the organization's efforts toward valuing diversity. Formed in 1993, as a result of a strong call from individuals within the membership, the Committee's goals are focused on 1) recruitment and retention of members from underrepresented groups and institutions in POD and in the faculty/instructional development community more broadly and 2) the cultivation of greater critical attention to questions of diversity in our work. Underrepresented groups are defined as, but not limited to, members who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered individuals, and individuals who are disabled. Underrepresented institutions are defined as, but not limited to, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), native American tribal colleges, Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) or Hispanic area colleges and universities (HACUs), or Minority Serving Institutions (or those aspiring to become MSIs).
SIG Mission: The purpose of the Graduate student, Professional student, & Postdoctoral scholar Development (GPPD) SIG is to: address common concerns and issues among educational developers of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral fellows; foster a sense of community for those engaging in GPPD (whether as developers, students, faculty, or administrators); facilitate sharing of resources and collaborative projects; provide background and information to the larger group of educational developers; contribute to the scholarship of GPPD; foster career development of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars; and take a leadership role in contributing to and further defining the field of GPPD.
Charge: The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is charged with responding to the diverse professional development needs of POD members at various career stages and different institutional types. The PDC works with the Research and Membership Committees to develop and review periodic membership surveys, the results of which help the PDC to determine professional development needs of the membership. PDC coordinates the development, offering, and assessment of programming in a variety of venues.
Charge: The Membership Committee advises the Core and Executive Committees on a range of membership topics, including but not limited to marketing, recruiting, retention, membership benefits, membership satisfaction, and trends in membership.
SIG Mission: The mission of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) SIG is to support educational developers who seek to advocate for and promote SoTL at their institutions through sharing resources and building a collaborative community of POD Network members interested in SoTL in educational development.
SIG Mission: The Learning Analytics Community (LAC) SIG will collectively advance “data-guided” cultures at our institutions of higher learning, empowering faculty, administrators and educational developers to make appropriate use of learning analytics within the scope of their roles and responsibilities.