Program and Organizational Development

Program and Organizational Development Unit (POD) of University of Maryland Extension (UME) provides support to all the folks from the time that they join our organization (onboarding) through their entire professional career. We provide them training, materials, and resources to be successful in their professional journey. Please explore our website to find our past/upcoming training offerings, materials on program planning, program development, evaluation and assessment, teaching effectiveness, publication, mentoring, promotion, and tenure resources, as well as to connect with us for one-on-one consultations. We are a fearless group of professionals with wide varieties of expertise. So, are you ready to take your professional career to the next level with us?

  • Who We Are and What We Do

  • Program Planning, Evaluation, and Assessment

  • Faculty and Staff (Evaluation, Promotion, and Faculty Tenure)

  • Publications Process

  • Extension Academy (onboarding)

  • Teaching Resources

Offerings from Program and Organizational Development (POD) Unit

Program Development Onboarding Series (Feb-May)

Date Time Format Theme Topics Covered
Feb. 09, 2023 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In-person Competency skill development, Extension Value, Senior
Admin Team and service providers, IRB and CITI training
• Competency assessment
• Why extension?
• Land grants’ mission
• UME Senior Admin Team
• Service Providers
• IRB and CITI training
Extension Program Development Process Overview of the series • Diffusion of innovation
• Important components of program development process
• Appreciative inquiry approaches
• Utilizing extension advisory committees
• Building allyship with community influencers
Mar. 09, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 noon Virtual Teaching Philosophy • Teaching philosophy
• How to be an effective teacher?
• Curriculum development
Apr. 06, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 noon Virtual Establishing Baseline Data; Designing Programs with Impacts

• What is data? Types of data?
• Methods of data collection
• Design program to show impact
Needs Assessments • What is needs assessment?
• How to conduct needs assessment?
• Different models
May 11, 2023 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In-person Key Programming Strategies for Effective Outcomes • Components of logic model (input, output, outcome, impact)
• Applying logic model to your program development
• How to evaluate effective outcomes?
DEIR • Definitions
• Dimensions
• Why DEIR?
• How do we apply in our programming?
Mentoring • Importance of Mentoring
• The Mentor/Mentee Relationship
• Mentoring Topics/Focus
• Advice for Drawing on Mentoring for Career Enhancement
Series evaluation and certificate distribution • Formal and informal evaluation of the series
• Giving away the completion certificates

Professional Development Series (Feb-June)

Date Time Format Theme Topics Covered
Feb. 23, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Virtual

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Grant Writing


  • Types
  • Paperwork
  • Tricks and Tips
Mar. 23, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Virtual

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Publications/ Conferences
  • Writing abstracts for professional meetings
  • Types
  • Requirements
  • Intentionality
  • Types of data needed
Apr. 20, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Curriculum development
  • How to design curriculum?
  • What are the formats?
  • How to access resources?
Jun. 1, 2023 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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Evaluation and Assessment
  • What is evaluation and assessment?
  • How to incorporate these components in your programs?

Program Planning Series (Aug-Dec)

Date Time Format Theme Topics Covered
    previous recording & support
Teaching Effectiveness
  • Types of teaching: in-person, hybrid, virtual
  • Teaching strategies
  • How to collect teaching evaluation data?
    previous recording & support IEP
  • What is IEP?
  • Process
  • Expectations
    previous recording & support
Federal Reporting and UMERS
  • Overview of federal reporting
  • Why report?
  • Expectations
  • How to navigate UMERS?
    previous recording & support Impact Statements
  • What are impact statements?
  • How to write a meaningful impact statement?
    previous recording & support Curriculum Vitae
  • How to write an effective CV?