About

Ann E. Austin is a Professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University, where she has previously served as Program Coordinator. In 1998, she was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa, and earlier in her career, a faculty member at Vanderbilt University and at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Austin holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, an M.A. from Michigan, an M.S. from Syracuse, and a B.A. from Bates College.

Professor Austin’s research interests concern organizational change and transformation in higher education, faculty careers, roles and professional development, the improvement of teaching and learning processes in higher education, and work and workplaces in academe. Currently, she is co-principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Center for Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Recently she has co-directed a longitudinal study of graduate education, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Spencer Foundation. Other current projects concern theories and strategies for faculty professional development, reform efforts in graduate education, and comparative research and theory development on organizational change in higher education in different national contexts.

Dr. Austin has authored or co-authored numerous chapters, and articles, including work in the Journal of Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, The American Behavioral Scientist, Change, The South African Journal of Higher Education, To Improve the Academy, and the AERA Handbook of Research on Teaching (2001). Her books and monographs include Paths to the Professoriate: Strategies for Enriching the Preparation of Future Faculty (with D. H. Wulff, 2004); Higher Education in the Developing World: Changing Contexts and Institutional Responses (with D. W. Chapman, 2002); Heeding New Voices: Academic Careers for a New Generation (with R.E. Rice and M.D. Sorcinelli, 2000); Developing New and Junior Faculty (with M.D. Sorcinelli, 1992); two ASHE-ERIC monographs, Faculty Collaboration: Enhancing the Quality of Scholarship and Teaching (with R. Baldwin, 1991); The Academic Workplace: New Demands, Heightened Tensions (with Z. Gamson, 1983).

Dr. Austin was the 2000-2001 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), in which she previously served on the Board of Directors (1985-1987), as Conference Program Chairperson (1992), and as chair and member of a number of committees. She also was the 2001 Program Chair for Division J (Higher/Postsecondary Education) of the American Educational Research Association, for which she earlier served on the Division J Executive Board. She has served on the editorial boards of the Vanderbilt University Press Series on Higher Education, the South African Journal of Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, The Journal of General Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly. In 1989, Ann Austin was the first recipient of the ASHE “Promising Scholar Award” (now called the “Early Career Award”). In 1998, she was named one of the forty “Young Leaders of the American Academy” by Change.