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Staff, faculty, and students made this report possible

We are grateful to the members of the following Stanford departments, programs, and units who contributed data and individual perspectives. While our aim was for broad representation, Stanford is a large and diverse place, and it is important to note that interviewees represent a subset of Stanford. In presenting their stories, we cannot claim to represent the whole of pandemic emergency teaching and learning activities at Stanford.

  • Department of Bioengineering, Schools of Engineering and of Medicine: Paul Nuyujukian, assistant professor of bioengineering and of neurosurgery; Ross Venook, senior lecturer; and Markus Covert, professor of bioengineering
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S): Russell Furr, associate vice provost
  • Graduate School of Business, Teaching and Learning Hub: Alison Brauneis, associate director of Teaching and Learning Programs, and Diane Lee, senior learning platform administrator and technologist
  • Graduate School of Education: Maxwell Bigman, doctoral student, and Josh Weiss, director of Digital Learning Solutions, Office of Innovation and Technology
  • Introductory Seminars: Course development assistants and undergraduates Ellie Bassow Fajer, Bowen Jiang, and Alex Popke
  • Language Center: Elizabeth Bernhardt-Kamil, John Roberts Hale Director of Stanford Language Center and professor of German studies
  • Law School: George Triantis, senior associate vice provost for research and Charles J. Meyers Professor of Law and Business
  • Libraries: Phyllis Kayten, outreach and instruction librarian; Anna Levia, reference and instruction librarian; and Josh Schneider, university archivist, special collections
  • Members of the Online Experience Team, from units across campus under the direction of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Online High School: Meg Lamont, assistant head of school and English instructor
  • School of Engineering
    Computer Science: John Mitchell, Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering, and Jenny Han, graduate teaching assistant
    Electrical Engineering: Jim Plummer, John M. Fluke Professor of Electrical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering: Sheri Sheppard, Richard W. Weiland Professor Emeritus in the School of Engineering; Life Design Lab, Stanford Kathy Davies, managing director and lecturer of mechanical engineering
  • School of Humanities and Sciences: Judith Goldstein, Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and professor of political science; Mary Beth Mudgett, senior associate dean for the natural sciences and professor of biology; Debra Satz, Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences and The Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society; Laura Schlosberg, assistant dean of academic and curriculum support; and Susan (Suzi) Weersing, associate dean, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
  • School of Medicine: Pauline Becker, strategy and operations director; Peter Nguyen, learning innovation specialist; Charles Prober, professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology; and Teggin Summers, assistant dean and director of educational technology
  • University Information Technology: Steve Gallagher, chief information officer, and Sean Keegan, director, Office of Digital Accessibility
  • Vaden Health Services: John Austin, senior adviser for mental health and well-being innovation ● Vice Provost for Academic Affairs: Stephanie Kalfayan, vice provost for academic affairs
  • Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs: Stacey Bent, vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs and Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor in the School of Engineering; Angie Hawkins, associate director, Educational Programs
  • Vice Provost for Student Affairs: Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs ○ Learning Technologies and Spaces: Andy Saltarelli, senior director, Evaluation and Research; Makoto Tsuchitani, senior director, Learning Systems and Services; Helen Chu, senior director, Learning Spaces; Kimberly Hayworth, director, Engagement and Outreach; Kailey Chen, Canvas user support specialist; Christine Doherty, lead user support specialist; Paige Coleman, Canvas faculty support; Keli Amann, user experience specialist
  • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Sarah Church, vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of physics; Julie Remold, director of evaluation; Page 13 of 67 and Beth Seltzer, academic technology specialist until 2021, when she joined the Graduate School of Business as senior instructional technologist and project manager
  • Academic Advising Operations: Edith Wu, associate dean and director of New Student Programs ○ Center for Teaching and Learning: Andrei Baltakmens, communications project manager; Kenji Ikemoto, academic technology specialist; Rajan Kumar, lecturer in engineering; Michael Rouan, senior director, Academic Technology Innovation; Gloriana Trujillo, director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs; and Kritika Kanchana Yegnashankaran, associate director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs
  • Former Undergraduate Student: Rohan Suri, co-founder of Nooks

To advance the understanding of education at Stanford during the pandemic, continued inquiry is needed. More interviews, particularly of students, are needed. Many Stanford units have not yet engaged in formal “post-pandemic” surveys. We hope that this review will inspire more Stanford units to do the quantitative, as well as qualitative, assessments necessary to develop a clearer picture of the pandemic’s effect on education at Stanford in 2020 and 2021.

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