2012 Award Winners

POD Network News
Winter 2013

Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development

The 2012 Menges award winners were:

Effects of Virtual Labs and Cooperative Learning in Anatomy Instruction 

Andrew Saltarelli and Cary Roseth, Michigan State University William Saltarelli, Central Michigan University 

Empowering Faculty to Improve Students’ Learning through Collaborative Assessment

Mary-Ann Winkelmes, University of Illinois

POD Innovation Award
Finalists and Recipients
Congratulations to Bridget Arend and Kathy Keairns (University of Denver), the recipients of the 2012 POD Innovation Award!Their winning submission, “Online New Faculty Workshop,” details a workshop that exposes new faculty to a variety of teaching strategies and educational technologies, and models best practice in course design and teaching.  Participants work through interactive modules and contribute to discussion forums, blogs, wikis, and quizzes to demonstrate completion, and optional online discussions, live online webinars, and face-to-face sessions follow in the fall. This online version of the workshop saw vastly increased attendance, and is now required for all new faculty at the university.

Finalists for the Innovation Award included: Emily Hixon, Katherine Myseliwiec, and Heather Zamojski (Purdue University Calumet) for “TechHarmony: Matching Faculty with the Right Tools”; Mike Truong (University of California, Merced) for “Mobile App Learning Lounge”; Howard Chiou and Brian Croxall (Emory University) for “Changing Graduate Student Teaching One Fro-Yo and BanhMi at a Time”; and Vanneise Collins and Kun Huang (University of North Texas Health Science Center) for “Assessment Tools for Measuring Faculty Knowledge of and Confidence in Promoting Students’ Higher Order Thinking.” It was an incredibly competitive pool of worthy candidates!

The Innovation Lamp
The beloved stained glass Innovation Award/Bright Idea lamp, which shattered in transit to last year’s conference, has been painstakingly repaired with help from Kelly Cara and Chantal Levesque-Bristol. Many thanks to all involved with the restoration!   To preserve this fragile piece of POD history, the POD Core Committee approved the transfer of the lamp to the POD Archives, where it can safely endure as an emblem of all of the wonderful innovations that POD membership brings to the field of faculty and organizational development.

--Allison Boye,Innovation Award Committee Chair

Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award
Each year, the Spirit of POD Service Award Subcommittee has the option of presenting this award to one or more POD members.  This award recognizes members who have made selfless contributions through their long-time professional service to the organization and the field through: a) steady participation in POD in more than routine ways, b) sharing knowledge, experience, materials, ideas and support freely to others, c) exercising innovative leadership in the organization, d) exemplifying the philosophy, principles and practices of POD, and e) contribution substantially to the profession of faculty, instructional and organizational development as well as to the larger education community.
At the 2012 Annual POD Conference this award was given to Matt Ouellett, UMASS, Amherst.