Program and Organizational Development

The Program and Organizational Development (POD) website of University of Maryland Extension (UME) provides information and resources for the department. Included and continuously developing on the site are training, materials, and resources to be successful. Please explore the site to find our past/upcoming training offerings, materials on program planning, program development, evaluation and assessment, teaching effectiveness, publication, mentoring, promotion, and tenure resources.

  • Program Planning, Evaluation, and Assessment

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

  • Publications Process

  • Extension Academy (onboarding)

  • Teaching Resources

  • Faculty Success and UMERS Reporting Dashboard

Offerings for the Professional Development of Extension Faculty and Staff

In-person Events

Event: Designing and Deploying a Survey
Date: March 28, 2024 | Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Maryland 4-H Center, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 20740
Description: Following the logic model training this session will help in the development of effective survey questions for your Extension Programs. Learn how to craft a survey that will assist you in developing meaningful reports.Topics will include: survey design, developing questions, IRB, and distribution of the survey. Lunch and travel assistance provided.
Speakers: Dr. Colby Silvert, Dr. Dacia Randolph, Shannon Dill
Resources for review:

Please register 5 working days prior to the event so lunch arrangements can be made. 



Webinar Series

Time: 9 am to 11:00 am
More details coming soon

Date Topic Speaker Resources for Review Registration
TBA Journal Articles      
TBA Qualtrics Level Two
Session will expand on Qualtrics survey tool with focus on distribution, analysis and reports
TBA Grants process - Pre award      
TBA Grants process - Post award      
May 17, 2024 Developing a promotion timeline
This session will discuss the development of a promotion timeline. While promotion may seem far away it is not too soon to plan for scholarly works, writing, and promotion submissions.
Jackie Takacs, Principal Agent UMD Office of Faculty Affairs

Article - Advice for Junior Faculty Regarding Academic Promotion
June 21, 2024 Planning an Extension Program
The webinar will review Extension event considerations from planning, promoting, and conducting a successful event. The session will cover policies as well as best practices.
Dr. Jennifer Bentlejewski, Area Extension Director New Faculty Onboarding

Teaching Effectiveness

MSU Extension

UFL - Extension event planner (pdf)

UME Writing Retreat

We're excited to announce that UME is back with a bang in 2024, hosting not one but two amazing writing retreats. Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out. So mark your calendars and join us for one or both of these unforgettable events!

What is a writing retreat? A writing retreat aims to allow educators dedicated writing time to progress any project in a supportive environment. Most of the day is taken up for writing, with brief scheduled discussions to generate solutions to brainstorming, writing problems, developing drafts, and providing feedback.

Objectives: Brainstorming session, Scholarly writing professional development, a minimum of 4 hours dedicated writing time, and networking.

Date Topic Location Register
May 1, 2024
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Retreat 1 Maryland 4-H Center, 8020 Greenmead Dr, College Park, MD 20740  
*Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

May 22, 2024
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Retreat 2 Wye Research and Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Dr, Queenstown, MD 21658 

Prework - Take time to review the following to get you in a writing mindset.

"You can edit bad writing, but you can’t edit a blank page."

To prepare:

  • Review prework materials to get in the writing mindset
  • Have an away message so email can be dealt with later
  • Bring nametag, notepads, chargers, mouse, earbuds or headset
  • Conduct internet literature searches to identify like works
  • Print any documents that you want in hardcopy

Retreat Day

  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Arrive and breakfast
  • 9:00 - Introductions
  • 9:15 - Professional development
  • 9:45 - Small Group discussion lead by writing mentors
  • 10:10 - One on one (brainstorming, draft reviews) with writing mentors or move directly to writing
  • 10:15 - Writing block
  • Noon - lunc
  • 1:00-3:30 - writing block

Writing Mentors Available