Dr. Ann Austin

    Dr. Ann E. Austin

    Ann E. Austin is a Professor at Michigan State University, who held the inaugural Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) from 2005 to 2008. Her scholarly interests focus on faculty careers, roles, and professional development, work and workplaces in academe, organizational change and transformation in universities and colleges, reform in doctoral education, and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. She was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998) and the 2001-2002 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). She is currently Co-P.I. of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a National Science Foundation Center now in its sixth year. She also is the director of the Global Institute for Higher Education (GIHE), a new institute at Michigan State focused on higher education issues in a global context. Her recent publications include Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (2007), concerning changes in academic workplaces and faculty careers, as well as work on doctoral education and higher education issues in developing countries.

Recent Grants & Awards

featuredimage Erickson Chair

Every three years a HALE faculty member is selected to hold the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. Dr. Austin held this distinguished chair from 2005-08.  The purpose of the Erickson Distinguished Chair is to enhance scholarship and to support activities consistent with the values and ideals of Dr. Mildred Erickson. Dr. Ann Austin is worked to develop opportunities and programs designed to enrich the experiences of students and faculty ...>>>

featuredimage NSF: Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination

This project addresses the need to understand how universities can most effectively create institutional environments that support the success of women scholars. We will leverage the significant work done at institutions that have implemented Institutional Transformation (IT) projects under the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program. Individual institutions have assessed and chronicled their own goals, strategies, and processes. This study takes a cross-institutional, analytical and synthetic approach to extract the lessons, best practices, and organizational strategies ...>>>

Creating the Future of Faculty Development
Efforts to support and enrich faculty work—particularly in a changing context—are critically important to faculty members, institutional leaders, and higher education itself. This book surveys faculty development from its beginnings, summarizes the challenges and pressures now facing developers and higher education as a whole, and proposes an agenda for the ... >>>

CIRTL Network
CIRTL promotes the development of a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers. CIRTL is designing, implementing, and evaluating programs for STEM future faculty development. Present and future STEM faculty create, ... >>>

Rethinking Faculty Work & Workplaces
Profound challenges in higher education—fiscal constraints, escalating competition, demands for greater accountability, growing enrollments, increasingly diverse faculty appointments, and the continuous expansion of new technologies—are transforming the careers of faculty. Rethinking Faculty Work highlights an overall framework and five key elements that are essential to the work experience of all faculty ... >>>