Stephen C. Ehrmann

Stephen C. Ehrmann

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 202-994-3054


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).  To schedule a meeting, please contact Kaithlyn Kayer at 202-994-3054 or

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) consists of Academic TechnologiesAssessmentNavy ROTC, the Office of Summer and Special Programs, the Teaching & Learning Collaborative, and the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. In addition to OTL Senior Staff, the Vice Provost's team includes Rahul Simha (faculty lead for the Teaching and Learning Collaborative and Chair of the OTL Faculty Advisory Board), Diane Cline (fostering interdisciplinary teaching and research),  Robert Donaldson (fostering of undergraduate research), Margaret Gonglewski (fostering undergraduate research), and Kaithlyn Kayer (Special Assistant).  Working with faculty and staff from all across GW, the Vice Provost’s activities include:

  • Finding ways to make teaching an even more effective, recognized, well-supported, and rewarding activity at GW;
  • Supporting and improving learning spaces, tools, and facilities;
  • Promoting the growth and visibility of undergraduate research and other forms of engaged learning (e.g., internships, study abroad, service learning) and their integration with academic programs;
  • Helping assure that the various units and individuals with responsibilities for enhancing teaching at GW work closely together: the Coalition for Teaching Support;
  • Working closely with the Vice Provost for Online Learning and Academic Innovation to support the development of online learning educational strategies and teaching excellence.

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,"  and "Asking the Right Questions: What Research Tells us about Technology and Higher Learning.” Dr. Ehrmann has also co-authored several 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.