Dr. James Edward Groccia is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Auburn University in Alabama, USA and Visiting Professor in the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Tartu in Estonia. He is a former President of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the world’s largest academic development professional organization. During his 40-year academic career, Dr. Groccia has worked in all aspects of higher education: in Student Services as Director of Counseling, Orientation and Student Development Services; in Academic Affairs as an Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of Teaching and Learning, and as a full-Professor and doctoral student advisor. James is the author/co-author/co-editor of numerous book chapters and journal articles, as well as three special topic journals and nine books on topics such as educational productivity and quality, evidence-based teaching, student engagement, cross-cultural perspectives on teaching and learning, and instructor training and development. He is currently co-editing a New Directions for Teaching and Learning journal issue on teaching and learning in the health professions. James was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (2011-12) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo in 2014. Dr. Groccia has presented at conferences, consulted, and conducted workshops throughout the U.S. as well as in Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Lebanon, Lithuania, Siberia/Russia, and Saudi Arabia.