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Stephen C. Ehrmann
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Stephen C. Ehrmann serves as Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. He is also Associate Professor of Educational Technology Leadership in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD).
The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) consists of Academic Technologies, Assessment, Navy ROTC, the Office of Summer and Special Programs, the Teaching & Learning Collaborative, and the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. Working with faculty and staff across GW, the Vice Provost’s activities include:
- Awarding grants to foster ‘high impact’ teaching activity;
- Exploring ways to make teaching an even more rewarding activity at GW;
- Promoting the growth and visibility of undergraduate research;
- Facilitating greater coordination among all the various units and individuals with responsibilities for enhancing teaching at GW (the “Coalition for Teaching Support,” which Dr. Ehrmann chairs);
- Fostering interdisciplinary teaching and research;
- Promoting hybrid and online learning in collaboration with the Vice Provost for Online Learning and Academic Innovation;
- Co-chairing the strategic review of the GW Libraries;
- Facilitating faculty engagement with the new GWU Museum and the Textile Museum.
Before GW: As a grant-maker earlier in his career (1978-96), Dr. Ehrmann supported many pioneering projects, including multimedia databases for research and teaching, some of the first online degree programs, pioneering approaches to faculty development, and new approaches to program evaluation.
In 1994, he founded the Flashlight Program for Evaluating and Improving Educational Uses of Technology, which later won the 2001 Award for Outstanding Innovation in Distance Learning from the Instructional Technology Council and the 1998 award for Best Contribution to Distance Learning Research from the United States Distance Learning Association.
As Vice President of the nonprofit Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group (1998-2010), he consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities around the world while continuing to direct the Flashlight Program.
Dr. Ehrmann has co-authored several books, including Ivory Towers, Silicon Basements: Learner-Centered Computing in Postsecondary Education and Learning to Design, Designing to Learn: Using Technology to Transform the Curriculum. He has written many influential articles, including "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever," (with Arthur Chickering) and "Asking the Right Questions: What Research Tells us about Technology and Higher Learning.” And he has co-authored some notable program evaluations, including two studies of efforts to propagate innovations across higher education.
Steve Ehrmann has a Ph.D. in Management and Higher Education from MIT where his dissertation analyzed several decades of the history of the MIT Department of Civil Engineering in search of lessons about how academic departments adapt to changing external conditions. He also received two bachelor’s of science degrees from MIT, in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and in Urban Studies.