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

      Webinar Series

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

      Date Topic Speaker Resources for Review Registration
      May 3, 2024 Qualtrics Level Two
      The session will expand on the Qualtrics survey tool for distribution, analysis, and reports. If you missed level one, no problem! Sign up for this session to learn more about the software capabilities.
        To get an account or to login go to Note: You will need to sign in useing your UMD ID and DUO Register
      May 17, 2024 Developing a promotion timeline
      This session will discuss developing 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 Register
      May 31, 2024 Journal Articles
      The session will provide some general writing rules, construct ideas for academic publications, and turn research topics into articles. types of articles published in JOE and specific elements.
      Drew Griffin, Imprint Director, Clemson Extension Publishing, Journal of Extension Readings:

      Craft, A. R. (2016). Is This a Quality Journal to Publish In? How Can You Tell? Serials Review, 42(3), 237–239. https://doi-org.10.1080/00987913.2016.1196844 Access -

      Tenopir C, Dalton E, Fish A, Christian L, Jones M, Smith M. What Motivates Authors of Scholarly Articles? The Importance of Journal Attributes and Potential Audience on Publication Choice. Publications. 2016; 4(3):22.

      June 7, 2024 Grant Management in Extension
      This session will review procedures for submitting and managing a grant in Extension.
      June 21, 2024 Planning an Extension Program
      This 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 Register

      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 Will be held virtually - please complete the form and a zoom link will be sent  
      *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