Austin accepts position at AU

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:03 -- univcomm

Indiana State Rep. Terri Austin will be teaching at Anderson University’s School of Education as assistant professor of education. “It’s an opportunity to work with the teachers of tomorrow,” Austin said. “I am an educator.” Austin most recently served as program director for the Madison County Community Alliances to Promote Education (CAPE) through the Madison County community Foundation. “It was difficult to balance the responsibility of a full-time, countywide position and being a legislator. Although we’re only part-time, we have full-time responsibilities,” she said. “We are delighted that Terri Austin has agreed to teach at Anderson University for the coming academic year,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice president for academic affairs and dean. “Her experience in the classroom, in school administration, and now in state government will allow her to offer useful insights to students preparing to teach in public schools.”

After earning a bachelor of science degree from Ball State University in 1977, Austin continued her education at Ball State University to earn a master of arts in education in 1981. During her career she has been appointed to such national organizations as the American Association of University Women, the National Staff Development Council, the Indiana Department of Education Professional Development Cadre and the Ball State University Teacher’s College Alumni Board.

In addition, Austin has served as the regional coordinator of 25 Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Projects for the U.S. Department of Education. As an Anderson resident, Austin is involved with organizations such as Anderson Rotary Club, the chamber of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County, United Way of Madison County and the Anderson Fine Arts Center board of trustees.

Other previous community assignments have included serving as the corporate communications and community relations coordinator for Anderson Community Schools and as an elementary and middle school teacher.

Terri is married to Anderson attorney Michael Austin and they are the parents of two sons. She attends Trinity Episcopal Church in Anderson.

Among her duties within the Indiana House of Representatives, Austin also received committee appointments to Technology, Research and Development, Council of State Governments: Health and Human Services, and Public Policy, Ethics and Veterans Affairs.