OFE Wins POD Network Innovation Award

The Office for Faculty Excellence (OFE) won the POD Innovation Award for its summer program, NC State SPARK!  Presented by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, this award recognizes innovative ideas that improve learning and teaching, as well as enhance the general effectiveness of higher education faculty members.

The POD Innovation Award recognizes POD Network members who have developed and implemented creative ideas for educational development. The purpose of the award is twofold: to encourage participants to share their ideas with colleagues in the POD Network; and to recognize those working in any area of educational development: faculty, graduate student, instructional, or organizational development.

NC State SPARK is a faculty development program, with an innovative delivery format that allows any NC State faculty, staff or graduate student to engage at their own pace, on their own time, and using their favorite devices. The asynchronous professional development series consists of four media packages offered throughout the month of July and includes a podcast, a blog post, and downloadable resources. An online component, with a dedicated website and social media presence, creates a community feel.

OFE is once again gearing up to introduce the 2023 SPARK program, “The Summer of What If.” Details will be announced on Thursday, June 1.

Congratulations to the OFE team who made SPARK happen: Diane Chapman, Maria Gallardo-Williams, Jonathan Holloway, Sunanda Dillon and Janet Del Pinal.