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The University of Rochester presents— Addressing Pedagogical Challenges Arising in the Time of a Pandemic & Documenting and Celebrating your Institutional Response

AEFIS Academy Community Event presented by the University of Rochester


Dr. Jane Marie Souza

Associate Provost for Academic Administration

University of Rochester

Dr. Rachel Remmel

Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

University of Rochester

October 22, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM EDT

Photo Credit: “Learning is a Team Sport” — Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester


Spring 2020 presented substantial challenges for many campuses as they abruptly shifted from in-person to online instruction. While institutions rapidly responded to the crisis, they may not have found an effective way to document their efforts.

In this presentation, the University of Rochester will share two key related topics: how the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) addressed emerging challenges in the realm of pedagogy and assessment; and how they documented their strategies for institutional benefit and for accreditation purposes.

The Executive Director of CETL will share how student survey data and qualitative faculty data were used to inform the development of resources to support improving the teaching/learning experience. The Associate Provost for Academic Administration will present a process she developed for documenting (and celebrating) the strategies employed and the resources developed in response to student and faculty needs. A question and answer period will follow their brief presentation.

Key Takeaways

This session will provide attendees the following key takeaways:

1. Determine how available data can be mined to inform action- even in a crisis situation

2. Consider where and how to find valuable qualitative data

3. Learn how to conduct assessment data collection by interview (JMSouza ATM)

4. Consider documentation to serve multiple purposes including institutional improvement,
accreditation, and celebration!


Dr. Jane Marie Souza, Associate Provost for Academic Administration, University of Rochester

Jane Marie Souza, PhD serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Rochester. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for multiple agencies including New England Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education, where she was a member of the Council 2016-2019.  Dr. Souza, the 2019-2020 president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education,  has served as an assessment consultant for institutions across the country, offering workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, mapping curricular outcomes, and meeting accreditation standards through effective assessment.  She has presented at conferences including the Association for Institutional Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (keynote), Drexel Assessment Conference (keynote), Assessment Institute in Indianapolis (section keynote), Texas A&M, and Association for Medical Education in Europe. 

Dr. Rachel Remmel, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning., University of Rochester

I am the Assistant Dean and Executive Director in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Rochester, where we provide support for student learning and faculty teaching.I am also an art and social historian who focuses on the nineteenth-century United States. My research interests include social power, institutional history, building types, artistic practice, the construction of the categories of art and artist, and theories about the formative power of architecture. I have published articles about public school architecture and museum history. I value and promote community engagement in my teaching practices, institutional service, and volunteer work.

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