Online learning at GW is a collaborative effort between the schools, faculty, and administration that offers high-quality educational opportunities for distance students.

Geneva Henry, dean of GW libraries and academic innovation, provides centralized strategic leadership for the many aspects of distance education. Providing over 100 degree programs, the online learning team works with schools and faculty members to develop high-quality online programs and provide online learners with the exceptional academic support opportunities offered to on-campus students.  They work closely with the deans of each school to ensure courses can be offered in every state and to provide a sustainable process for course creation.

The eDesign Shop offers course production and assists instructors in designing their courses for online environments. This office is led by PB Garrett, senior associate dean for innovative teaching and learning and chief academic technology officer.


photo: Geneva HenryGeneva Henry
Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation
Courtney Vaughn, Special Assistant
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The Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation aims to enrich the academic experience of scholars and spur innovation at GW through excellence in library services and research collections, support for teaching and learning, and targeted integration of the latest online and classroom technologies. GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, created in 2016, merged GW Libraries, Academic Technologies, Online Learning, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and the STEM Academy to forward the strategic goal of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge.


As Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, Geneva Henry is responsible for enriching the academic experience of scholars at GW both through maintaining excellence in library services and collections and providing access to cutting-edge technology. Since joining GW in 2013, Geneva has successfully advocated for and implemented a GW Faculty Open Access Resolution, developed an institutional repository, and created a new library strategic plan to align with GW's ambitious VISION 2021.

Before coming to GW, Geneva was the Executive Director for Rice University's Digital Library Initiative. And her career prior to Rice includes 18 years of applied research and development in digital libraries, text search, natural language processing, expert systems, and complex systems integration at IBM, TRW, and the RAND Corporation. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.


Photo: P.B. GarrettP.B. Garrett
Senior Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Learning & Chief Academic Technology Officer
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The Senior Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Learning & Chief Academic Technology Officer leads efforts to promote and support teaching, learning, and research by providing faculty with collaborative opportunities and personalized consultation to support their ongoing professional development. She provides executive oversight of the eDesign Shop, a team of instructional designers, videographers and multimedia specialists who work with faculty to develop and enhance online educational materials. She also oversees the University Teaching and Learning Center, which works with faculty across the university to identify teaching and course design needs and interests and to bring innovative assessment and active learning practices to campus. Under her direction, the Instructional Technology Lab manages Blackboard and provides support to instructors exploring existing and emerging technologies in teaching and learning. She also provides leadership for STEMworks, a one-stop shop for quantitative and spatial reasoning skills providing tutoring, consultation, and workshop services.


P.B. Garrett is a recognized IT and higher education leader, with more than 20 years of experience in educational technology and pedagogical design. Prior to holding her current position, Ms. Garrett was a faculty member and Chair of the Computer Management Information Systems Department. She also held a number of leadership positions at the George Washington University.

Ms. Garrett is an active member of prominent higher education associations, chairing both the Advisory Board of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS) and the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee. She has contributed to a number of articles, papers, and presentations in the educational technology field. She has also served on numerous EDUCAUSE committees and is a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute. In addition to these honors, Ms. Garrett was recognized as a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree by Computerworld for her exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

Ms. Garrett holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an Ed.S. from Nova Southeastern University.