John Zumbrunnen

Position title: Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning


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Teaching and Learning

Areas of Responsibility

As senior vice provost for academic affairs, John Zumbrunnen works closely with the provost on special projects and strategic initiatives.

As vice provost for teaching and learning, Zumbrunnen works in collaboration with deans and other academic leaders across campus to provide leadership, coordination and administrative support for UW–Madison’s teaching and learning mission as part of the Office of the Provost.

The vice provost for teaching and learning oversees the Division for Teaching and Learning, which includes the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring; Indigenous Education and Our Shared Future; the Morgridge Center for Public Service; the Office of Academic and Career Success; the Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History; Student Learning Assessment; and the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE).

The vice provost for teaching and learning also works in partnership with the vice provost for information technology on matters related to data and technology in teaching and learning, and serves as the lead representative for the Office of the Provost for the annual Teaching and Learning Symposium; the Undergraduate Symposium; the General Education Committee and the University Honors Committee.


John Zumbrunnen, professor of political science, studies the history of political thought, democratic theory and American political thought. Zumbrunnen is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. Alongside his administrative work, he continues to lead a short-term summer study abroad program in Dublin (“UW Summer Launch in Ireland: Battles, Borders and Bogs”). Prior to taking on the role of vice provost for teaching and learning, Zumbrunnen was faculty director of Chadbourne Residential College, an educational innovation senior fellow and chair of the Department of Political Science.