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Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning,
Global Engagement, and Success

AAC&U Annual Meeting
January 25-28, 2012

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Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

AAC&U is pleased to offer the POD Network Organizational Development Institute in conjunction with the 2012 Annual Meeting. The POD Network will also sponsor a Pre-Meeting Workshop on Wednesday, January 25, and a session on Thursday, January 26. (More information is below.)

2012 POD Network Organizational Development Institute

Navigating in the Seas of Change:
Leading Curricular and Institutional Reform

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

As the director or staff member of a teaching center or someone with faculty development responsibilities on your campus, are you confused about how to move forward with meaningful change at your institution? Is your campus anticipating a revision of its general education curriculum? Do you want to be involved? If “yes” is your answer to these questions, this institute is designed for you. At institutions of various sizes and structures, the “stories” of change are diverse. This institute helps participants to clarify their own “stories” of involvement with change and to consider systematically a range of factors and issues that affect most campuses. Complex change in higher education requires careful planning and gradual implementation to build successful courses, programs, and institutions.

During this one-and-a-half day institute, participants will have opportunities to consider institutional readiness for change and curriculum reform, plan a foundation for change that makes sense for your specific context, and consider how learner-centered assessment practices have potential for both initiating and sustaining changes. Upon completion of the institute, participants will have developed a plan for a specific change project on their campus.

Margaret (Peggy) Cohen, Associate Provost for Professional Development and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Missouri – St. Louis; Susan Gano-Phillips, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan-Flint; James A. Therrell, Director, Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching, Central Michigan University; Erik Palmore, Head of Faculty Development Center, Webster University

For additional information and to register for the Institute, please go to

Pre-Meeting Workshop on Wednesday, January 25, 2:00-5:00 pm

Improving Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development:  Working Strategically Within Your Institution

Increasingly, faculty development has moved beyond the periphery of the academic and institutional mission of our colleges and universities to become a key lever for change and critical component of institutional excellence.  Teaching and learning centers are increasingly called upon to support new instructional initiatives in the areas of technology, diversity and assessment. As well, there is increasing attention on supporting new, midcareer and senior faculty as they navigate an academic career, especially through initiatives in mentoring, career advancement, and work/life balance. Responding to the myriad of professional development challenges, this interactive session, led by two seasoned administrators and faculty developers, will assist faculty and administrators interested in thinking and operating more strategically within the institution to: (1) establish and/or sustain programs to stimulate, support and reward faculty efforts to enhance their teaching, learning, and professional development; and (2) create strong and effective partnerships among faculty, academic leaders, and faculty developers to enhance teaching, learning and faculty development on their campus. 

Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts – Amherst; Christine Stanley, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Texas A & M University

(Registration for the POD Network pre-meeting workshop is available via AAC&U's Annual Meeting registration.)

Session on Thursday, January 26

The Role of Teaching Centers in Forging Collaborations for Institutional Transformation

As the field of faculty development has matured, more and more teaching centers are becoming campus leaders, nurturing collaborations among academic departments, academic support units, libraries, co-curricular offices, and administration. At the same time, they continue to offer traditional programs such as workshops, orientations, and consultations focused on individual faculty members. In this interactive session, leaders of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the largest professional organization for faculty development specialists in North America, will provide compelling examples of teaching centers facilitating campus-wide collaborations for change in curriculum reform, assessment, civic engagement, diversity and other institutional priorities.

Phyllis Dawkins, Associate Provost, Dillard University; Peter Felten, Assistant Provost, Elon University; Virginia Lee, Senior Consultant, Virginia S. Lee & Associates; Angela Linse, Director, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Pennsylvania State University; Deandra Little, Assistant Professor and Faculty Consultant, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia