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




Annual Workshop

The Quad-POD is pleased to offer the following event for the faculty and staff of Baker College, Kettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint:
Recognizing and Ameliorating Implicit Bias in the University Setting
Friday, September 30, 2016
University of Michigan-Flint (Michigan Rooms, UCEN)
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Registration and continental breakfast is available beginning at 8:30 am. Lunch provided.
Does your academic unit struggle to attract and retain faculty, staff and students that more closely reflect its diversity and inclusion goals? This struggle may be the product of implicit bias — the subtle cognitive processes that can happen so fast that they often operate below conscious awareness. But they can still affect the actions we take and the decisions we make.
We often face serious challenges that can make it difficult for our institutions to reach and maintain our goals for inclusive classrooms and academic departments. Understanding implicit bias and knowing and learning strategies to reduce its impact are key to creating and sustaining inclusive classrooms and academic departments.
In this highly interactive session, Dr. Ouellett will:
  • illustrate how implicit bias can play out in the academic department
  • address pedagogical strategies for recognizing and reducing the impact of implicit bias and stereotyping in the university classroom
  • share current research regarding how implicit bias can impact the academic recruitment and hiring processes and provide strategies to address these challenges.


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 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