Herdsa 2011

Prof. Ann Austin

Dr. Ann Austin, Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.

Keynote Presentation: The Changing Professoriate: On the Edge of Peril or Possibility?

The academic profession is rooted in long historical tradition but situated in contemporary realities. In countries across the world, significant factors are affecting the meaning of academic work, the nature of academic workplaces, and the framing of academic identity. This address explores these changes and challenges, as well as their implications for those aspiring to academic work and for those already holding academic positions. Within this changing context for academic work, what innovative approaches might strengthen graduate education as the location for preparing future academics? And how might higher education institutions support academics as they engage in professional practice in such a dynamic environment?

Dr. Ann E. Austin is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. She currently coordinates the Global Initiative on Higher Education, within the Department of Educational Administration, and she held the inaugural Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from 2005 through 2008.

Professor Austin's research interests concern faculty careers, roles, and professional development, the academic workplace, organizational change and transformation in higher education, reform in doctoral education, and the improvement of teaching and learning processes in higher education. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL. She also is the Principal Investigator for a three-year study funded by the National Science Foundation entitled "How Do Organizational Change Strategies Support the Success of Women Scholars in STEM Fields? An Analysis of NSF ADVANCE Programs." Her recent books are: Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative (co-authored with J. M. Gappa and A. G. Trice, 2007); Creating the Future of Faculty Development: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present (co-authored with M. D. Sorcinelli, P. Eddy, and A. Beach, 2005); Paths to the Professoriate: Strategies for Enriching the Preparation of Future Faculty (co-edited with D. H. Wulff, 2004); and Higher Education in the Developing World: Changing Contexts and Institutional Responses (co-edited with D.W. Chapman, 2002).

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