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Cramer named to vice provost position

Steven M. Cramer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, has been named UW-Madison vice provost for teaching and learning. 

Cramer replaces Christopher Olsen, who has served as interim vice provost for teaching and learning in the position previously held by Aaron Brower. Olsen will return to his faculty position. The position is a rotating appointment held by a tenured faculty member for a term of three to five years. Cramer's appointment was announced on June 16, 2014, along with the news that Michael Bernard-Donals, professor of English and former chair of the University Committee, will become the vice provost for faculty and staff. Both start their new roles on July 1.

"I am pleased that we have found such experienced people to fill these roles," says Provost Paul DeLuca. "We have been fortunate to have the outstanding leadership of Steve and Chris. I am confident that Steven and Michael will continue to build upon their great work." 

The vice provost for teaching and learning is responsible for guiding and supporting undergraduate education and professional development for teaching and learning. The vice provost has formal oversight of the Office of Undergraduate Advising, the Teaching Academy and the emerging Wisconsin Institute for STEM Education and Community Engagement. The position also co-leads the Educational Innovation effort.

"As a faculty member and associate dean, I have always had the goal to help others achieve their full potential through learning and accomplishment," Cramer says. "Higher education is about people. I look forward to working with all of our faculty and staff to help our students exceed their expectations."

Käri Knutson