Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education


Date of this Version

Spring 1979

Document Type



Published in the POD Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1979)


By the time you read this, I will have completed my year as Executive Director, but I was asked to author the first column in an attempt to provide continuity and a kind of overview.

In another part of this first issue of the POD Quarterly there appears a chronological history of the organization, so I feel that it might be useful and interesting to provide a kind of emotional history of the organization as well. To portray this history, I have selected an analogy from the field of human growth and development because this is one of the courses I teach and the analogy material is comfortable to me. Also, since I have been involved with facu1ty development since its infancy and have taken great interest in how the movement has evolved to where it is today, it occurs to me that similar transitional stages have occurred and are occurring for POD.