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The University of South Carolina today announced Pamela Steinke, Ph.D., as provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Steinke has served as the university’s acting provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs since November 2021. She was granted permanent status after a nationwide search.

As Academic Director of USC Upstate, Steinke will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for the university’s academic programs, policies, priorities, and faculty. It will continue to focus on teaching excellence, student success, innovation, public scholarships, community partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“Dr. Pamela Steinke brings outstanding academic experience and a track record of success in academic affairs,” said USC Upstate Chancellor Bennie L. Harris, Ph.D. supported his candidacy, allowing for a smooth transition as we reimagine Upstate.”

Steinke joined USC Upstate in April 2018 as vice provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. She is the university’s accreditation liaison with the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

After earning his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Davis, in 1992, Steinke became a psychology faculty member at Central College in Pella, Iowa. At Central, she earned tenure, served as department chair, chaired the assessment committee, ran an experiential learning program, and developed its Cognitive Outcomes of Service Learning Fellowship. .

Steinke has held faculty and administrative positions at North Carolina State University and Meredith College. His most recent role before joining USC Upstate was Dean of Teaching and Learning Outcomes at St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois.

Steinke has extensive experience in accreditation, assessment and high impact practices. She has published and presented on evaluation and service learning; participated in the development of the AAC&U; developed the Problem Solving Analysis Protocol (P-SAP) with a colleague; and has served as a reviewer for Research and Practice in Assessment and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

She has also led institutions through the accreditation process, writing key sections of peer-reviewed reaccreditation reports, served as a reviewer for the Higher Education Commission (HLC) and SACSCOC, and presented annual conferences at both the HLC and SACSCOC.

Steinke received his undergraduate degree in psychology and political science from the University of Michigan. She earned her master’s degree and later her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Davis.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Chancellor Harris and our faculty in the role of provost as we work together to reimagine the future of USC Upstate,” Steinke said.

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