Brian Etheridge

Dr. Brian Etheridge

Senior Associate Provost for the Center for Teaching Excellence

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Dr. Brian Etheridge came to GGC after serving as the associate provost for Academic Innovation at the University of Baltimore. He holds B.S. degrees in international affairs and in history, technology and society from Georgia Tech, an M.A. degree in history from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. 
Etheridge began his academic career at Louisiana Tech University where he held a full-time faculty appointment in history and served as director of the University’s Honors program, research director of the American Foreign Policy Center and director of Graduate Studies in History. At the University of Baltimore, he founded the Office of Academic Innovation, which incorporated the Helen P. Denit Honors Program, the Bank of America Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology (CELTT) and a new experiential learning program. 
Throughout his career, Etheridge has spoken and published widely on undergraduate education, and for the last several years he has been heavily involved in a federally funded program to grow the pipeline of cyber security professionals across the country. 
In addition to his administrative work, he is a prize-winning historian of American foreign relations. He has written extensively on the intersection of foreign relations and culture, with a primary focus on the ways that nation-states try to tell their stories to foreign peoples to facilitate their foreign policy objectives, a practice commonly known as public diplomacy.


  • Doctorate – history – The Ohio State University
  • Master’s – history – University of Georgia
  • Bachelor’s – international affairs – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor’s – history, technology and society – Georgia Institute of Technology

Academic Interests

  • Undergraduate education
  • Faculty professional development
  • Academic innovation
  • Foreign relations history


Recent publications:

  • Enemies to Allies: Cold War Germany and American Memory (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016)
  • “The Sister City Network in the 1970s: American Municipal Internationalism and Public Diplomacy in a Decade of Change,” in Halvard Notaker, Giles Scott-Smith, and David Snyder (eds.), Reasserting America in the 1970s: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America’s Image Abroad  (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016)
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, Cyber Education Journal


  • John D. Winters Endowed Professorship
  • Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize
  • Service Award, College of Engineering and Science

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • American Historical Association