James Austin is Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently teaches graduate courses and directs dissertations and theses. Dr. Austin received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Dakota, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Iowa – all degrees were awarded with highest honors. Prior to his arrival at the University of Colorado, he taught instrumental music (grades 4-12) in Minnesota, served as a graduate teaching and research assistant at the University of Iowa, and was on the music education faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Dr. Austin’s research interests include student motivation and self-concept development, teacher education, classroom-level assessment, and school/arts policy implications of educational reform. His publication record is extensive, including articles in the Instrumentalist, the Music Educators Journal, Update,General Music Today, Contributions to Music Education, theJournal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, the American Educational Research Journal, and the British Journal of Educational Psychology. He regularly presents papers at national and international conferences and currently serves on editorial boards for Psychology of Music, and the Journal of Research in Music Education. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Program Chair and Chair of the Music Education Special Interest Group within the American Educational Research Association, and from 2004-2006 he was Chair of the MENC Measurement and Evaluation Special Research Interest Group.
Dr. Austin remains active as a consultant, clinician, and guest speaker in public schools and on college campuses. He holds memberships in the Colorado Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education (MENC), and the American Educational Research Association. In 2004, he was awarded the Richard Bern Trego faculty fellowship by the College of Music at CU-Boulder.