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Ara Austin

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Clinical Assistant Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2501
Director of Online Engagement & Strategic Initiatives
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2501
Biography: 

Dr. Ara Austin received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Minors in Psychology and Communication Studies in 2011 and Ph.D. in Chemistry Education in 2018, all from Arizona State University. As the Director of Online Engagement & Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Austin focuses on efforts that increase experiential learning opportunities for online students across The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Prior to this role, Dr. Austin served as the Managing Director of Online Programs for the School of Molecular Sciences, successfully launching online degree programs in biochemistry and chemistry which include accelerated in-person laboratory courses that provide crucial hands-on experiences to online students pursuing STEM degrees. 

In terms of research, Dr. Austin's work has been dedicated to analyzing the effects of socio-cognitive (motivation and self-regulation) and socio-cultural (instructor gender effects, stereotype threat, and cultural/social capital) factors on student performance in organic chemistry courses at ASU and also at University of Rochester. She has also studied these factors with the ASU Online population in recent years. 

When she is not teaching organic chemistry or working on the behalf of online students, Dr. Austin is usually spending time in the remote outdoors completely disconnected from technology and the Internet.

 

Education: 

University of Nebraska - Lincoln (2006 - 2008) 

Arizona State University (2009 - 2011): B.S. in Biochemistry; Minors in Psychology & Communication Studies

Arizona State University (2012 - 2018): Ph.D. in Chemistry - Chemical Education

 

Publications: 

Austin, A. C., Ben-Daat, H., Zhu, M., Atkinson, R., Barrows, N., & Gould, I. R. (2015). Measuring student performance in general organic chemistry. Chemistry Education Research and Practice16(1), 168-178.

 

Koseler, R., Ben-Daat, H., Austin, A. C., Gould, I. R. (2016). A web-based teaching tool for multi-step synthesis on organic chemistry: Student perspectives and motivations. EDULEARN16 Proceedings: Valencia, Spain. 6559-6565.

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrows, N., Gould, D. L., & Gould, I. R. (2017). Relating motivation and student outcomes in organic chemistry using the Organic Chemistry Motivation Survey. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. doi: 10.1039/C7RP00182G

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrows, N., Gould, D. L., Gould, I. R.  (2018)  Relating motivation and student outcomes in general organic chemistry. Chemistry Education Research and Practice.

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrow, N., Gould, D. L., & Gould, I. R. Cultural and social capital in a college-level science course. (In preparation.)

 

Austin, A. C., Hammond, N. B., Barrow, N., & Gould, I. R. Organic  chemistry may be a roadblock for females. (In preparation.)

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 235Elementary Organic Chem Lab
CHM 238Gen Organic Chemistry Lab II
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 294Special Topics
CHM 394Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 237Gen Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 238Gen Organic Chemistry Lab II
BCH 467Analytical Biochemistry Lab
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 231Elementary Organic Chemistry
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 231Elementary Organic Chemistry
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 237Gen Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 238Gen Organic Chemistry Lab II
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II