North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Susan Ambrose as vice provost for teaching and learning and pro­fessor of edu­ca­tion. Ambrose, who will join North­eastern on Aug. 1, 2012, will coor­di­nate the university’s con­tin­uous efforts to improve and assess teaching and learning.

I am incred­ibly excited to be joining such a dynamic insti­tu­tion with a real com­mit­ment to edu­ca­tion,” Ambrose said. “I look for­ward to working with admin­is­tra­tors, fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents to con­tinue to evolve the inno­v­a­tive pro­grams that sup­port stu­dents’ learning and development.”

Ambrose is an inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized scholar in college-​​level teaching and learning, who has offered sem­i­nars and work­shops for fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors throughout the United States and in India, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore and Chile.

She comes to North­eastern from Carnegie Mellon Uni­ver­sity, where she is an asso­ciate provost for edu­ca­tion and director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence.

Susan Ambrose will play a vital role in sup­port of both our under­grad­uate edu­ca­tional ini­tia­tive and the delivery of high-​​quality aca­d­emic pro­grams at our grad­uate cam­puses,” said Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs.

Ambrose earned her doc­torate in Amer­ican his­tory from Carnegie Mellon and taught in the university’s his­tory depart­ment, with a focus on immi­gra­tion. In addi­tion to directing the Eberly Center, her respon­si­bil­i­ties at Carnegie Mellon have included con­ducting insti­tu­tional research on learning and over­seeing the Inter­cul­tural Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Center and the Office of Aca­d­emic Development.

Her research has been funded by the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, the Alfred P. Sloan Foun­da­tion, the Fund for the Improve­ment of Post­sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion, the Lilly Endow­ment, the Carnegie Cor­po­ra­tion of New York and the Eden Hall Foun­da­tion. Most recently she received funding from the Alcoa Foun­da­tion to study the fac­ulty expe­ri­ence at Carnegie Mellon.

Ambrose has also pub­lished numerous chap­ters and journal arti­cles, and sev­eral books including her latest co-​​authored book, “How Learning Works: 7 Research-​​Based Prin­ci­ples for Smart Teaching,” which was pub­lished by Jossey-​​Bass in 2010 and has been widely praised for inte­grating fun­da­mental research in psy­chology and cog­ni­tive sci­ence with prac­tical application.

Photo cour­tesy of Carnegie Mellon University.