2017 Events

The Quad-POD is pleased to offer the following events for the faculty and staff of Baker College, Kettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint:
The Importance of Teacher Empathy in Student Success
Dinner and presentation
Thursday, February 16, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 pm, Mott Event Center, Mott Community College
1401 E. Court Street, Flint
Presented by Dr. Katherine Rowell, Professor of Sociology, Sinclair Community College

All too often, faculty focus on technology and pedagogical strategies in improving teaching and learning. In recent years, new and compelling research has been published examining the often noted “affective” domains of student learning. This presentation will explore new and exciting research on the importance of teacher empathy in increasing student learning and success. Participants will learn about research on teacher empathy as well as have an opportunity to explore their empathy index.

The Mayhem of Teaching: Mistakes, Miscues, and Misunderstandings
Breakfast and workshop
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:30 - 11:00 am, Mott Event Center, Mott Community College
1401 E. Court St., Flint
Facilitated by Dr. Katherine Rowell, Director, Professor of Sociology, Sinclair Community College
The road to teaching excellence is often a lonely and difficult journey. Research on college teaching indicates that faculty rarely discuss the personal perils and problems of teaching with colleagues. In this interactive workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore a series of case studies of teaching miscues, mistakes, and misunderstandings collected by Professor Rowell over a twenty year period (with permission of colleagues). Research on issues of diversity and inclusion will be discussed. As part of this workshop, faculty will have an opportunity to share their struggles and dilemmas with teaching as well as take steps to develop a teaching journal.


Faculty Learning Communities

The Quad-POD Consortium is excited to offer a Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Program across all four Flint high education institutions (Baker College, Kettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint).

We believe that while each institution may have its own culture, we have many commonalities too - especially where student learning is involved. We are excited about the conversations, sharing of teaching ideas and implementation of new practices that can result from these scholarly interactions. Each FLC member should select a course they will transform through insights gained from FLC participation. We expect FLC projects and their results to be shared at Quad-POD events and hopefully regional and/or national conferences.

2016-2017 Quad-POD FLC Program




About Quad-POD

Quad-POD (Professional Organizational Developers) is a consortium of leaders from the four institutions of higher education in Genesee County and includes Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Quad-POD recognizes that quality teaching practices benefit students directly and that faculty need to be engaged in continuous professional development as teachers. Faculty are encouraged to become more reflective about their teaching practices, familiar with the literature regarding effective teaching and learning practices, and incorporate new methods and technologies into their teaching. We encourage faculty to learn and share successful practices to improve learning outcomes and increase cooperation among institutions. 


Past Events

The Quad-POD Consortium was pleased to host the following:

2016 Recognizing and Ameliorating Implicit Bias in the University Setting featuring Mathew L. Ouellett, PhD, Associate Provost and Director, Office of Teaching and Learning, Wayne State University

2016 Motivating & Engaging Students: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning, featuring Todd Zakrajsek, Co-author, The New Science of Learning and Associate Professor, University of North Carolina

2015 The College Fear Factor featuring Rebecca Cox, PhD, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

2014 Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of the College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning featuring Jose Bowen, PhD, Dean, Meadows School for the Arts, Southern Methodist University

2012 What Do the Best College Teachers Do? featuring Ken Bain, PhD, Provost, University of District of Columbia

2008 Helping Students Emerge as Critical Thinkers featuring Stephen Brookfield, PhD, Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

2007 Engaging Students at Higher Cognitive Levels featuring Susie Whittington, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio State University

2006 Classroom Teaching Strategies, Practices that Foster Deeper Learning featuring Barbara J. Millis, PhD, Director of the Excellence in Teaching Program, University of Nevada-Reno

2005 Team-based Learning featuring Larry Michaelson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma