Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

The Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning works on behalf of the Provost with Deans and Directors, and departments and units including faculty, staff and students to provide leadership, coordination, and administrative support to the teaching and learning mission of the university.

Prior to his work in the provost’s office, Professor Steven Cramer was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering for 8 years and served in several leadership roles in the governance structure of the university.

He is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. In addition to new approaches to teaching and learning, Cramer’s scholarship is in structural engineering with primary expertise in the mechanical behavior of wood and wood-based materials, the design and analysis of wood structures, and the performance of concrete construction materials. He is a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy and was awarded the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, the Champion Award for Advancing the Status of Women at UW-Madison, The Tau Beta Pi National Mentor Award and others.

Current Priorities

Educational Innovation is a coordinated campus effort to enhance teaching and learning, expand our capacity to reach more learners, and develop opportunities for fiscal efficiencies and new sources of revenue. Over 140 projects are in various stages of development/implementation across the campus, e.g., curriculum re-designs, piloting new pedagogies, professional development for faculty and staff in blended learning, technology-enhanced educational efforts, department restructuring, new postgraduate master degrees and certificates, and many more endeavors. This effort empowers and supports faculty and staff to be agents of change for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison students are beginning to reap the rewards of a campuswide effort to boost the value, quality and affordability of an undergraduate education, made possible by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. The initiative uses a supplemental tuition charge to invest in the quality of the undergraduate experience while also expanding the pool of need-based aid available for UW–Madison students and their families. 

Each spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison organizes the Teaching and Learning Symposium, bringing together hundreds of people from across the campus to discuss cutting edge issues in teaching and learning and to share best-practices and ideas. The 2013 symposium focused on the theme: Sparking Innovation: Ideas to Impact. The 2014 symposium will take place May 19 and 20 in Union South. 

 The Wisconsin Experience describes in a single phrase what is special about getting an education at UW-Madison. It is grounded in high-impact educational practices and essential learning outcomes, which transcend a student’s overall educational experience no matter what their major.

Go Big Read has thousands of people reading, talking and sharing their reactions and opinions. That’s the idea: to engage students, faculty, staff and the entire community in a vibrant, academically driven experience. This open-ended, lively discussion is a platform for the exploration of important issues, from a range of perspectives. Join the conversation, read the book and bring your thoughts to the table.

Undergraduate learning experience

Undergraduate Symposium
General Education at UW–Madison
UW–Madison Essential Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate Departments and Programs

Academic enrichment

Center for the First-Year Experience
Office of Undergraduate Advising
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
Learning communities
Undergraduate research opportunities
Service learning — Morgridge Center for Public Service
Undergraduate awards
Honors and scholars programs
Computing information for students
The Writing Center
Student Learning Support

Graduate learning experience

The Graduate School
Delta Program
Institute for Biology Education

Steven M. Cramer

117c Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53705 
Tel. 608-262-5246

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
College of Engineering

B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1979
M.S., Colorado State University
Ph.D., Colorado State University