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UConn appoints next Austin president


The University of Connecticut has named Morgaen L. Donaldson, a renowned scholar in leadership and educational policy, as the next Philip E. Austin Chair.

The Austin Chair was endowed by a group of alumni and supporters to recognize President Emeritus Austin’s many contributions to the University, leading UConn’s transformation to its current status as the nation’s best public university. As the 13th President, from 1996 to 2007, Austin led the University through a five-fold increase in endowment, an increased reputation for academic excellence, national athletic achievement and many other points of pride.

The professors holding the chair will continue Austin’s legacy of excellence, striving to increase UConn’s national recognition in the areas of policy relevant research, public engagement, scholarship interdisciplinary and student engagement. The mandate of the Austin Chair is three years, with the possibility of renewal for a second consecutive mandate.

Donaldson is Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the University’s Center for Analysis, Research and Evaluation of Educational Policy, both at the Neag School of Education. She is also co-director of the Connecticut COVID-19 Education Research Collaborative, a partnership between Connecticut higher education institutions and the Connecticut State Department of Education, and a research affiliate of the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers at Harvard University. .

His research has important policy implications in multiple areas, including the quality of educators, educator development and assessment, teacher retention, district and school leadership, and teacher unions, with particular emphasis. on urban and rural schools. She is the author of over 40 articles and four books, including her recent publication, “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Teacher Assessment: Understanding Research and Theory” (Routledge, 2020).

“I have long admired President Austin’s commitment to producing research relevant to policies that serve the public and look forward to building on this legacy as President of Austin.
– Morgaen L. Donaldson

Dr. Donaldson’s selection for this role continues a legacy of exceptionally prolific academics at UConn as President of Austin, recognizing their work that extends far beyond our own. campus and in communities in the areas of politics and public engagement. This is a well-deserved award in honor of his broad and impactful work, ”said Carl Lejuez, Rector and Vice President executive for academic affairs.

Donaldson’s work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, Connecticut General Assembly, the American Educational Research Association, the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Connecticut State Department of Education and has won awards from the American Educational Research Association, National Academy of Education and University Council for Educational Administration.

“We are incredibly proud of Morgaen for being named the last Austin Chair,” says Jason G. Irizarry, Dean of the Neag School. “This is a tremendous individual recognition of his continued remarkable contributions, and at the same time a reflection of the high level of academic research, policy analysis and public engagement work that has come from the Neag School.”

“It is a great honor to be named the Philip E. Austin Endowed Chair. I have long admired President Austin’s commitment to producing research relevant to policies that serve the public and look forward to building on this legacy as President of Austin, ”said Donaldson.

The Austin Chair is awarded to an Associate or Full Professor of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the Neag School of Education who has a proven track record in policy research (e.g. in social, education, health, housing, environment, criminal justice or other salient policy areas) and public engagement (highly visible and relevant work to academic and non-professional audiences). Applications are reviewed by a committee appointed by the provost.

Former Austin presidents are Stephen L. Ross, professor in the Department of Economics (CLAS); Preston Britner, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (CLAS); and Kathleen Segerson, Distinguished Professor on the Board of Directors of the Department of Economics (CLAS).

More information on the Austin chair can be found on the Marshal’s Office website.