Pamela Steinke

Dr. Pamela Steinke serves as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and SACSCOC Institutional Liaison. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and has served in faculty and administrative roles at institutions in Iowa, North Carolina and Illinois before coming to USC Upstate.  She was previously Dean of Teaching and Learning Outcomes at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL where her oversight responsibilities included assessment, faculty development, general education, and online education. Dr. Steinke has extensive experience in accreditation, assessment and high-impact practices and continues to present and publish on assessment of student outcomes.


  • Ph.D. in Psychology (1992) from University of California, Davis
  • M.A. in Psychology (1988) from University of California, Davis
  • A.B. in Psychology and Political Science (1981) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Example Publications and Service

  • Reviewer for Research & Practice in Assessment (2011 – present)
  • SACSCOC Peer Evaluator (2009 – 2010; 2018 – present)
  • HLC AQIP Systems Appraisal, Action Project and Quality Check-up Peer Reviewer (2012 – 2018)
  • Steinke, P. & Fitch, P. (2017). Minimizing bias when assessing student work. Research and Practice in Assessment, 12, 87-95.
  • Steinke, P. & Fitch, P. (2014). Using goal-based learning to understand why service-learning improves cognitive outcomes, Currents in Teaching and Learning, 7(1), 50-63.


Dr. Steinke is married to George Dowdle and they have two children, Casey and Erin, and two dogs, Storm and Sparty.