The POGIL Project Steering Committee
Roles and Responsibilities
The Steering Committee (SC) is a leadership team that provides direction and definition to the goals of The POGIL Project. SC members serve as ambassadors for The POGIL Project and help guide the vision for the future of The Project, including fostering the next generation of leadership. The SC strives to maintain a diverse membership that is representative of the POGIL community it serves, including post-secondary, K-12 and retirees from STEM and non-STEM disciplines. Members are at varying stages of POGIL practice proficiency and are experienced enough with The POGIL Project to be well informed about the direction of The POGIL Project as outlined in the Strategic Plan.
The composition of the SC should include a diverse group of POGIL practitioners representing a variety of levels, disciplines, and institutions and who uphold the mission, vision, and values of The Project as well as its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These members will serve staggered three-year terms. New members are selected via an application and recommendation process each fall and begin their terms of service at the POGIL National Meeting (PNM) in June. Their terms end three years later at the conclusion of the PNM. Thus, the terms of service require attendance at four consecutive PNMs. SC members are eligible to serve again after two years off the committee.
The SC has one in-person meeting each year and monthly videoconference calls. The in-person meetings take place at either in-person PNMs (pre- and post-) or a fall weekend meeting in Philadelphia in years when the PNM is NOT in person. Additionally, the longer fall meeting and the longer PNM meeting will be virtual in alternate years. The POGIL Project covers travel expenses for in-person meetings (including sub coverage for secondary instructors) and also pays a stipend during the years of SC service. The Executive Director, the Associate Director, and other office professional staff regularly participate in SC meetings.
Each SC member is responsible for oversight and direction for at least one of the goals within the Strategic Plan. Additionally, the SC is responsible for service on working groups as related to the Strategic Plan. The SC oversees the inclusion of new initiatives and projects, development and revision of workshop materials, and other duties as determined by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. SC members also assist with the final selection of POGIL PEAch awardees, Impact awardees, SPUR+ grantees, and new SC members. Finally, the SC sets the agenda/schedule for each year’s PNM and summer workshops. In all matters of a sensitive nature, SC members are expected to maintain confidentiality.
The SC chair is selected by the Executive Director and Associate Director in consultation with the Steering Committee and is a long-term, open-ended appointment. The responsibilities of the chair include:
- Scheduling and moderating monthly SC video calls.
- In consultation with the Associate Director, developing an agenda for the monthly calls.
- Maintaining contact with the POGIL office to keep informed about issues. relevant to the SC.
- Maintaining contact with SC members regarding strategic plan initiatives/projects.
- Assisting with scheduling of PNM.
- Attending POGIL board meetings as a non-voting, ex officio member.
Other SC members have assigned roles in conjunction with the Strategic Plan. Their responsibilities include:
- Oversight of a goal or goals in the Strategic Plan.
- Coordinating and serving as a liaison to one or more working groups.
- Serving on at least one working group related to the Strategic Plan.
- Providing updates to and soliciting input from the SC regarding working groups.
- Other duties related to the work of The POGIL Project.
Created 6/2018 – M. Perry, M. Dubroff / Revised 8/2021 - M. Bruno, M. Dubroff, M. Perry / Revised 7/2022 - M. Dubroff/Revised 7/2023 - M. Dubroff