University Distinguished Professor

Associate Dean for Research

Ann E. Austin is professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she held the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair (from 2005-08, and again in 2014). Her research concerns faculty careers and professional development, teaching and learning in higher education, the academic workplace, organizational change and doctoral education. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and she was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998). She is the co-PI of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded by the National Science Foundation, and the principal investigator of an NSF-funded ADVANCE PAID grant to study organizational change strategies that support the success of women scholars in STEM fields. Her work is widely published, including Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (2007) and Educating Integrated Professionals: Theory and Practice on Preparation for the Professoriate (2008), as well as other books, articles, chapters and monographs concerning higher education issues in the United States and in international contexts. In 2011, she wrote a commissioned paper for the Board on Science Education of the National Research Council entitled “Promoting Evidence-Based Change in Undergraduate Science Education.” She has worked with colleagues at the national and institutional levels on higher education issues in a number of countries, including Australia, China, Egypt, Finland, Malaysia, Oman, Thailand, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.