G. Alex Ambrose, Ph.D.

G. Alex Ambrose

Director of Learning Research

  • Email: gambrose@nd.edu
  • Phone: (574) 631-8715
  • Office: 350 DeBartolo Hall
  • Mailing address: 353 DeBartolo Hall

G. Alex Ambrose serves as Director of Learning Research and is the founder of the Research & Assessment for Learning (ReAL) Design Lab at the University of Notre Dame Learning's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds the rank of Full Professor of the Practice with concurrent appointments in the Education, Schooling, & Society and Computing & Digital Technologies Departments. In addition, he is a faculty fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. In both his research and his teaching, Alex works to advance his mission: to fight for and create the conditions necessary for the liberation of learning and the alleviation of unnecessary anxiety and harm in education, for both students and faculty. Alex envisions his role as that of a learning experience architect, pioneering a more inclusive and authentic assessment through technology. His current research focuses on applied learning research, design, and evaluation, including learning analytics, flexible learning spaces, digital portfolios, and badges. Alex's work has been published in a range of academic and technology-based journals and has earned him the 2015 Campus Technology Innovator Award as well as recognition by Google, IBM, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates and National Science Foundations. He regularly serves as an international learning ambassador, educational developer, consultant, and evaluator for grants, programs, and universities in South America, North America, the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East. He comes with close to two decades of teaching experience in higher education and K-12, ranging from Blue-Ribbon elementary schools in suburban New Jersey and downtown Detroit to both public and private universities and community colleges—face-to-face, fully online, and hybrid. Prior to a career in higher education, Alex served a combat tour in Baghdad as an infantry platoon leader and taught military leadership as an Officer Candidate School Instructor and a Professor of Military Science (ROTC) as a Captain in the U.S. Army National Guard. 

To learn more visit The Research & Assessment for Learning (ReAL) Design Lab at: http://sites.nd.edu/real/
To connect or collaborate with Alex, visit his professional portfolio website at: https://sites.google.com/view/alexambrose/