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Literacy Colloquy: Ann Austin

February 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

“Leading for Change: Strategies for Advancing Transformational Change Goals in Educational Contexts”

Organizational leaders—including teachers and administrators—are often grappling with how to lead in ways that support transformational change goals. I am a researcher who has been studying change processes in higher education. I am often asked why change is so hard in educational contexts and what strategies are most effective. In this talk, I’ll make a case for taking a systemic approach to change. I’ll also discuss approaches for identifying multiple levers to advance organizational change, as well as change process issues that are as important as change process strategies. The ideas shared are based on findings and lessons learned from multi- year research projects funded by the National Science Foundation.


Dr. Ann E. Austin is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches in the program in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. She also serves as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education and Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development. Her research and publications concern academic work, careers, and professional development; organizational change in higher education; doctoral education; and STEM education in higher education. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, she recently worked at the National Science Foundation for two years, and she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Here recent and current funded projects focus on major organizational change issues in higher education: strategies for creating more inclusive academic workplaces; the preparation of future STEM faculty as effective teachers; reform in teaching evaluation; and the nature and functioning of networks of organizations committed to strengthening undergraduate education.

Link to flyer for the presentation: LiteracyColloquy_Dr.AnnAustin, 0218,2020

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