The Academic Affairs area of the college includes academic departments structured along disciplinary lines, academic programs which cross-disciplinary lines, and academic support programs that serve the entire community. These departments and programs are organized into four broad administrative divisions: Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and College-Wide Programs.
Art; Music; Communication, Media and Theatre; English; History; Classical and Modern Languages;
Philosophy; and Religious Studies
Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics and Computer Science; Public Health; and Physics
Michael Higgs, Dean of Sciences
Economics and Business Administration; Education; Exercise and Sport Studies; Political Science; Public Health;
Psychology; and Sociology and Anthropology
Opened in 1986, the Abell Library Center plays an essential role in the life of Austin College. Five librarians, an archivist, and six support staff guide the effective use of library resources. Services include an active instruction program with a special emphasis for incoming students as well as increased support for honors students engaged in writing a thesis. A reference librarian is available most day and evening hours. A tour of the library shows off our varied learning spaces.
Academic Assessment supports the programs and departments at Austin College in the evaluation of their effectiveness, with a goal of pursuing excellence in teaching and learning. The Office also works to ensure that the College meets and exceeds the standards set by our accrediting bodies.
The Academic Skills Center (ASC) programs are designed to help all students develop skills that could maximize their academic potential. The center provides individual assistance in writing, study skills, and time management. Content-specific tutoring is available in many areas, including biology, chemistry, math, and foreign language. The ASC sponsors workshops that offer assistance on such topics as test-taking strategies, writing skills, and lab report formatting. Group review sessions help students prepare for finals and are sponsored as needed.
Director of the Academic Skills Center
The office of Student Success offers resources and services to help you be successful on your journey towards graduation and your life beyond. We do this by collaborating with faculty and college offices to provide programs and services that support your academic growth and personal development.
Traci Howard Moore, Director of Student Success & Transitions
The Career Center encourages students to begin their career/life planning process in their first year of college, continuing over the course of their academic careers. Upon graduation, they will emerge with the requisite career and life planning skills, prepared to implement their educational experiences in the professional world.
Margie Norman, Director of Center for Career & Professional Development
Austin College provides many technological resources to students, faculty, and staff to aid in their success. Computer labs across campus are available 24 hours a day. Users are likewise encouraged to connect their own computers via wired or wireless networks. Information Technology Services provides support to resolve any computer problems that might arise.
Garrett Hubbard, Director of Information Technology
Austin College affirms that human research subjects should be treated with dignity, respect, and due regard for their welfare. To protect human research subjects, the College established the Institutional Review Board. We understand “human subjects” to include all individuals and groups from whom researchers anticipate gathering information or data necessary for the successful completion of the research design.
Terry Hoops, Chair
The Registrar’s Office at Austin College serves as the official academic interface for students and the College. Located on the first floor of the Caruth Administration Building, the office is the place to go to conduct any business related to coursework, credit, transcripts, Academic Calendar, and any other matters related to registering and taking classes at Austin College.
Institutional research and assessment provides appropriate support to the reporting and assessment effort of the college and conducts research on issues that impact the goals of the college.
Eugenia Harris, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Registrar
First-Year Seminar, Center for Environmental Studies, Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching, Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies, Honors Program, JanTerm, Study Abroad, and Posey Leadership Institute
There are about 100 full-time faculty members at Austin College. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1.