Ann Austin

Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

Michigan State University

Ann E. Austin is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she was selected for the inaugural term as the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. She also is currently serving as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., on leave from her faculty position. 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, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and equity and inclusion in academe. In recognition of the scholarly quality and impact of her research, she was elected a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Austin has served as a faculty leader in a number of roles at her university, and 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 the senior leadership team 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 now as a 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 (results available at

Her work is widely published, including Promoting Evidence-Based Change in Undergraduate Science Education (Board on Science Education, 2011), Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (2007), Educating Integrated Professionals: Theory and Practice on Preparation for the Professoriate (2008), and, as well as other books, articles, chapters, and monographs concerning higher education issues in the United States and in international contexts. 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.


<a>Ann E. Austin     
Professor, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education</a>

419A Erickson Hall

Michigan State University

620 Farm Lane

East Lansing, MI 48824


Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education

Education and Human Resources

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22230

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The StratEGIC Toolkit: Strategies to Support Gender Equity in Geoscience Faculties part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The percentage of women earning geoscience degrees has increased in recent decades, but women's representation in geoscience faculty positions still lags well behind degree completion. Increasing women's ...

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My Interest in ASCN: Ann Austin part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Member Profiles
National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education Program Director and Professor, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University Prior Organizational Change Work I am a co-founder ...