At Austin College, a personal approach to learning means that your classes will be small and you will interact personally with your professors. Our faculty hold Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their fields, are active in scholarly research, and are well-respected public intellectuals. But most importantly, they are teachers. Austin College professors are dedicated to supporting the intellectual growth of their students. They will help you develop critical skills necessary to solve 21st century challenges. Experience this legendary teaching and find life-long teachers, mentors, and friends.
Legendary teaching today will prepare for you for a great tomorrow.
Could everything be just a dream? Does time flow, or all moments are equally real? What is to be solid? to have a color? Questions like these have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. When it comes to answering them, I’d say that nothing beats looking to the world’s greatest thinkers for help. Plato,… [Read More]
David Baker, professor of physics, department chair, and Adams Observatory director, loves to explore extreme aspects of the Earth and other planets. With his students, he has conducted research on giant dust devils that sweep across the surface of Mars, measured extreme precipitation in North Texas, and helped discover a new planet orbiting a distant… [Read More]
I have known that I wanted to teach mathematics since I was a senior in high school because of the inspiring influence of my calculus teacher, Ms. Berry. After high school, I went to Emory and Henry College with the goal of teaching high school math. However, my time at E&H changed my career path… [Read More]
Kevin Simmons, professor of economics, is internationally known for his work on the economics of natural hazards. Simmons has presented papers at academic conferences in the U.S. and 11 different countries. He has also delivered speeches for industry groups with an interest in natural hazards. Simmons has been highlighted and interviewed by the New York… [Read More]
Lisa M. Brown, professor of psychology, has a love for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Several of her research students have presented research at regional and national conferences. She has conducted research on the nature of stigma as it related to ethnic identity, anti-Arab/anti-Muslim prejudice, and the role of ethnicity and ethnic identity in romantic… [Read More]
Upon admission to Austin College students are assigned a faculty mentor, who serves as the student’s academic advisor and as the instructor for the first year seminar course. The term mentor denotes a special student-faculty relationship where the established rapport should assist the student in adjusting academically to college life and in effectively using the resources of the institution. As part of the advising process, students meet regularly with their mentors to review career interests and aspirations and steps for achieving these goals.
Many colleges offer research that is “sitting and watching” but Dr. Lance Barton offers hands-on, active research in which students are fully engaged in the scientific process to seek the solutions to research problems. He teaches biology and is the director of the Austin College Center for Research, Experiential, Artistic, and Transformative Education (CREATE), which supports and celebrates qualitative and quantitative research as well as the creative of original works in the humanities. His students appreciate his obvious love of teaching and… [Read More]
Dr. Jennifer T. Johnson-Cooper brings the magic of immersive study to learning Mandarin and Chinese culture. Dr. Johnson-Cooper’s classroom focuses on creating an immersion experience where students learn to converse, accomplish day-to-day tasks, make meals, and even live in a residential setting of Chinese cultural studies and service leadership in the Austin College Language House. Her unique approach to study prepares students… [Read More]
Dr. Watkins teaches anthropology and has a vivid memory of Austin College as a place that changed everything for him. He graduated in 2004 having expanded his career goals in step with his exploding vision of the world. Watkins wanted to study anthropology as a way of thinking and digging into issues that he had not encountered before college. Though most anthropologists go far afield for their research, Dr. Watkins tries to unearth the complexity of social… [Read More]
Students rave about Dr. Carr’s approach to teaching Organic Chemistry—he uses the flipped classroom model, creating short videos and creative assignments. He picked up this method at an American Chemistry Society conference and since employing it, 70 percent of his students achieve better grades and say they learn more. Dr. Carr’s background is notable, with a focus on molecular recognition related to medicinal chemistry (drug discovery) and material science. He has… [Read More]