Curriculum & Pedagogy Subcommittee

Committee Charge

The President’s Advisory Council on Race (PACOR) was established to help guide the university's progress in realizing the ideals of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in its educational, research, and engagement missions. The Advisory Council made several recommendations specific to Curriculum and Teaching, addressing undergraduate general education learning outcomes, anti-racist curricula, inclusive pedagogy, and undergraduate research. Currently, UB has an institutional learning outcome for all students requiring that students should recognize the relevance of human and cultural diversity within local and global contexts. This outcome is addressed for undergraduate students through general education; graduate programs are expected to align with the institutional learning outcome and any requirements which come from accreditation and licensing bodies.

The charge of this subcommittee is to provide direction regarding implementing the Advisory Council recommendations as well as to provide related guidance regarding curriculum and teaching. Subcommittee recommendations should support inclusive pedagogy, curriculum, academic support, and co-curricular experiences that all contribute to a university culture which realizes ideals of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Specifically, the subcommittee recommendations should, within the context of diversity, inclusion and racial equity and the specific PACOR recommendations:

  •  Address curriculum, pedagogy, academic support, and co-curricular experiences at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as professional education-level.
  • Provide recommendations regarding general (university-wide) learning outcomes and requirements as well as those which could be considered within majors or programs.
  •   Provide recommendations regarding inclusive pedagogy, including best practices, and roles and responsibilities of campus units and offices in supporting these efforts.
  •  Identify and consult with appropriate governance bodies (e.g., Faculty Senate, UB Curriculum Committees, Graduate School Executive Committee).
  • Provide recommendations regarding assessment of student learning and continuous improvement processes.
  •  Provide recommendations related to student teaching evaluations. 
  • Identify resources required for successful implementation, including those related to professional development and instructional support.
  •  Develop specific recommendations that would have widespread support across the university and could begin to be implemented immediately.
  •  Frame recommendations within requirements stemming from applicable curriculum, state, SUNY, accreditation, and similar policies and guidelines.
  • Recommend roles and responsibilities for each recommendation

Committee Membership

  • Ann Bisantz, Co-Chair, Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Raechele L. Pope, Co-Chair, Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education
  • Elizabeth Bartelt, Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Roseanne Berger, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Kevin Burke, Associate Professor of Teaching, Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Michael Cowen, Professor of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Filomena Critelli, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, School of Social Work
  • Katharine Darling, Associate Dean for Academic Services, Academic Affairs
  • Jeffrey Errington, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Julie Gorlewski, Chair and Professor of Learning and Instruction, Graduate School of Education
  • Erin Hatton, Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lara Hutson, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Vivian Jimenez, Director, Tutoring and Academic Support Services, Academic Affairs
  • Danielle Johnson, Senior Advisor, Coordinator, Tutoring and Academic Success
  • Kenneth Joseph, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Danielle LaMarre-Smith, Director of UB Curriculum, Undergraduate Education
  • Carl Lund, Chair of Engineering Education, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Catherine Mann, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Ndubueze Mbah, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Meka,Director of the Jacobs School’s Medical Education and Educational Research Institute, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Heather Orom, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior; School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Peter Pfordresher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor and Chair of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Justin Read, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chazz Robinson, PhD Student in Higher Education, Graduate School of Education; Presidential Fellow
  • Kara Saunders, University Registrar
  • Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, Clinical Assistant Professor / Faculty Director of Global Programs, Organization and Human Resources, School of Management
  • Satpal Singh, Professor of Pharmacy and Toxicology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Pedro Sotelo-Peryea, Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising Initiatives, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Beth Tauke, Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
  • Nicole Thomas, Undergraduate Education Librarian, University Libraries
  • Lisa Tuyn, Director of Academic Advising, Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center
  • Jennifer Winikus, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Ewa Ziarek,Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences