2015 Event

In February, the Quad-POD Consortium will host Rebecca Cox, author of The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another. A dinner event, open to all faculty from Baker College of Flint, Mott Community College, Kettering University, and UM-Flint will be held on Thursday, February 12, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  This event will be hosted by UM-Flint and will take place in the Michigan Room located in the Harding Mott University Center Building (UCEN).

Separate workshops will be held at each institution. Please see the schedule tab for more information.

Registration is available online.  

Rebecca Cox:
Rebecca (Becky) Cox is a member of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia.  She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and an A.B. from Princeton University.  Her research interests revolve around issues of equity and postsecondary opportunity.  Her book, The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another (Harvard University Press) presents the results of classroom-level research at community colleges within the context of organizational structures and norms of higher education.  She has taught at the high school, community college, and university level; and participated on research projects at the Community College Research Center, and at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 


2015 Schedule

Dinner and presentation
beyond the college fear factor
Thursday, February 12, 2015
5:30 - 8:00 pm (registration will begin at 5:00 pm and dinner will be served at 5:30 pm)
University of Michigan-Flint
Michigan Rooms, UCEN

In this keynote, Rebecca Cox discusses a central problem of teaching and learning: gaps between faculty expectations of students and students’ actual performances.  Drawing on her research, which includes extensive classroom observations and interviews with community-college faculty and students, she will highlight the students’ experiences and perspectives, which in turn, help explain student disengagement and counterproductive behavior.

Kettering University - Thursday, Feb. 12, 12:20-1:15 pm, 1-817 AB (lunch available at noon)
Baker College of Flint - Thursday, Feb. 12, 2:30-4:00 pm, E101/103, Center for Undergraduate Studies Building
Mott Community College - Friday, Feb. 13, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, MCC Event Center (adjacent to the Mott Library; lunch provided)
UM-Flint, Friday, Feb. 13, 1:00-2:30 pm, 134 Thompson Library (TCLT Seminar Room)

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:

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