Carnegie Mellon University
July 01, 2022

Marsha Lovett to Serve as Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Dear Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Staff:

I am pleased to announce that effective today, July 1, 2022, Dr. Marsha Lovett will assume the position of vice provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation. Many of you have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Lovett in her leadership of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. I am delighted that she is stepping into this new position, which elevates the important role of teaching innovation and technology-enhanced learning at Carnegie Mellon.

Prior to this post, Dr. Lovett held the role of senior associate vice provost for Educational Innovation and Learning Analytics. Since 2012, she has served as the director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation and a teaching professor in the Department of Psychology. At the Eberly Center, she and her team apply theoretical and empirical principles from learning science to help instructors improve their teaching, course design and use of technology. In her research, Dr. Lovett has studied learning, memory and problem-solving in the laboratory and the classroom. She has published over 50 research articles on learning and instruction. She holds a bachelor's degree in cognitive science from Princeton University, as well as a master's and doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Throughout her career, Dr. Lovett has been deeply involved in both local and national efforts to understand and improve student learning. A central theme in her work is leveraging research and data to improve teaching practices and student outcomes. Her book "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" distills the research on how students learn into a set of fundamental principles that instructors can use to guide their teaching. She has also developed several innovative, educational technologies to promote student learning and metacognition, including StatTutor and the Learning Dashboard.

As vice provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation, Dr. Lovett will continue to oversee the work of the Eberly Center and remain a critical member of the Simon Initiative Leadership Team. She will also spearhead CMU’s efforts to expand online master’s and professional education programs, including building and leading a central team to support this endeavor.

Dr. Lovett’s unique experience in and deep understanding of learning innovation is a critical asset to this position and to the university. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, her leadership guided us through preparing and supporting hybrid teaching and learning at CMU. Additionally, she has served on the university’s Classroom and Learning Spaces Project, which oversaw a $20M renovation effort to take our classrooms and learning spaces into the next century.

Please join me in congratulating Marsha on her new role! I look forward to continuing to work with her in this new capacity.


Jim Garrett
Provost and Chief Academic Officer