Susan Ambrose

Educational Innovation
Senior Vice Chancellor
Professor of Education and History

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Susan Ambrose is senior vice chancellor for educational innovation and professor of education and history at Northeastern University. She is an internationally recognized expert in college-level teaching and learning, and has conducted workshops and seminars for faculty and administrators throughout the United States and around the world. She focuses on translating research to practice in the design of curricula, courses and educational experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University and served as associate provost for education, director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, and a teaching professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon before joining Northeastern in August 2012.

Ambrose is co-author of five books, including the forthcoming Higher Education’s Road to Relevance: Navigating Complexity (Wiley, January 2020) and How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010), which has been widely praised for integrating fundamental research in the cognitive sciences and practical application. The book has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. She has also published articles in The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Quality Approaches in Higher Education, and the Journal of Engineering Education, as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. She served as a visiting scholar for the American Society of Engineering Education and the National Science Foundation (1998-2001) and was named an American Council on Education fellow (1999-2000). Ambrose’s research has been funded by the NSF, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the ALCOA Foundation, the Eden Hall Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, and the Davis Educational Foundation.