The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Art Markman as vice provost for continuing and professional education and new education ventures. Markman currently serves as interim director of Texas Extended Campus.
His new role as vice provost will allow the university to improve coordination of UT Austin’s credit-bearing programs and non-credit open-enrollment, certificate, and custom programs aimed at non-traditional students. His vice provost appointment begins July 1, 2021.
Markman was named interim director of Texas Extended Campus in January 2021. In this role he served as the head of a coordination effort on the Continuing, Professional, and Online Education Leadership Council, along with representation from a variety of colleges, schools and units and administrative teams. Under his leadership, the council was tasked with generating policy recommendations and procedures around continuing and professional education. Early efforts from this group include ongoing development of a web portal to help prospective students find relevant programs from across the university and the launch of a pilot program in digital badging slated for the fall.
“Art has been an invaluable leader of our campus planning throughout the pandemic. He will now bring his collaborative and research-focused approach to our continuing education efforts. His leadership and guidance will ensure that UT will expand and improve upon its already robust portfolio of educational opportunities for non-traditional learners and help to coordinate the efforts in this space to which many units across campus contribute.” said Dan Jaffe, interim executive vice president and provost.
Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin and the Director of the IC² Institute. He is also the founding director of the Human Dimensions of Organizations program. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Illinois and worked at Northwestern University and Columbia University before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.
“I am excited to find ways to enhance our strength in credit and non-credit education that serves the need for lifelong education in Texas and beyond. A core aim is to bring a diverse audience of students to our existing programs, and to increase our range of offerings by guiding teams that have innovative ideas through the process of developing and launching new programs successfully,” said Markman.
Markman has published more than 150 scholarly works about cognitive science, decision-making and organizational behavior. Dr. Markman and several of his books, including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, Bring Your Brain to Work, and Brain Briefs (co-written with Dr. Bob Duke), have been featured on Dr. Phil and other programs.