Dr. Austin is recognized for her outstanding service and significant contributions to the profession.

Annually at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference, the Higher Education Special Interest Group (HESIG) presents a Lifetime Contribution to the Field award to a deserving individual. The awardee needs to be a person with a history of work in the field of domestic or international higher education that spans a minimum of 20 years. In their work, the awardee must have a history of publications and work in the field of international higher education. 

Join us in congratulating, Ann Austin, Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education, on receiving the CIES HESIG Lifetime Contribution Award in 2017. Dr. Austin was honored on March 8, 2017 at the CIES HESIG meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.   

Previous recipients of the Lifetime Contribution award include Professors Ruth Hayhoe (2009), Philip Altbach (2010), Jürgen Schriewer (2011), Hans G. Schuetze (2011), Val D. Rust (2012), William K. Cummings (2013), Daniel Levy (2014), Gerard Postiglione (2015), and David Chapman (2016). 

Dr. Austin's background
Dr. Austin's research focuses on faculty careers and professional development, organizational change, teaching and learning in higher education, the academic workplace, doctoral education, and reform in science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Her scholarship includes internationally-focused pieces, some of which are listed below.    

Dr. Austin’s internationally-focused work includes a co-edited book entitled Higher Education in the Developing World: Changing Contexts and Institutional Responses (Chapman & Austin, 2002), and articles in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Research and Development, Asia Pacific Review, International Journal of Academic Development, and the South African Journal of Higher Education. Serving on a team commissioned by the Asian Development Bank to conduct a study called “Higher Education in Dynamic Asia,” Dr. Austin authored a project monograph entitled Improving Institutional Quality: Focus on Faculty Development (2011). 

She has worked with colleagues at the national and institutional levels on higher education issues in countries, including Australia, China, Egypt, India, Finland, Malaysia, Oman, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. In 1998, she was a Fulbright Scholar at what is now Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in South Africa. This experience resulted in a long-term relationship with NMU that today is the basis for a professional development opportunity that engages several HALE faculty and graduate students in collaborative work with colleagues and students in South Africa.

Dr. Austin has also published widely on higher education issues in the United States, including several books-- Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives (Beach, Sorcinelli, Austin, & Rivard, 2016), Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (Gappa, Austin, & Trice, 2007) and Educating Integrated Professionals: Theory and Practice on Preparation for the Professoriate (Colbeck, O’Meara, & Austin, 2008).