Ann Austin's Biographical Statement
Ann E. Austin is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she was twice selected to hold the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. Effective October 1, 2016, she is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education. From January, 2015 through September, 2016, she is on leave to serve as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. Her research concerns faculty careers and professional development, organizational change in higher education, the academic workplace, teaching and learning in higher education, doctoral education, reform in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, equity and inclusion in academe, and higher education issues in the international context. In recognition of the scholarly quality and impact of her research, she is an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Dr. Austin has served as a faculty leader in a number of roles at Michigan State, including Faculty Excellence Advocate in the College of Education. She is Past-President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). She also was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998), and she has continued for more than a decade and a half to work closely with colleagues at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa on organizational change and faculty issues as well as strategies for strengthening teaching and learning. She also was a co-founder and has served for more than a dozen years as a Co-PI and senior leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a collaboration supported by the National Science Foundation and now involving 46 research universities; CIRTL’s mission is to prepare doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as excellent teachers. Recently, she has been the Principal Investigator of a five-year National Science Foundation-funded grant to study organizational change strategies to create more inclusive campus environments and to support the success of women scholars in STEM fields.
Her work is widely published, including Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives (with A. L. Beach, M. D. Sorcinelli, and J. Rivard, to be released in October, 2016); Promoting Evidence-Based Change in Undergraduate Science Education (Board on Science Education, 2011), Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (with J. Gappa & A. Trice, 2007), Educating Integrated Professionals: Theory and Practice on Preparation for the Professoriate (with C. Colbeck & K. O’Meara, 2008), and, as well as other books, articles, chapters, and monographs concerning higher education issues in the United States and in international contexts. She and her colleague Sandra Laursen created the StratEGIC Toolkit, based on the research that they conducted on organizational change for gender equity (http://www.colorado.edu/eer/research/strategic.html). She has served as a consultant for higher education institutions and national associations and agencies within the United States and a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, India, Malaysia, Oman, Thailand, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
Ann E. Austin
Professor, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
College of Education
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824