Art Markman, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Art Markman was named Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, effective July 1, 2021. As Vice Provost, Markman provides strategic oversight and planning for the university’s credit-bearing programs and non-credit open-enrollment, certificate and custom programs aimed at non-traditional students. He also oversees the development of innovative education offerings.

Markman, the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing, joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Previously he spent five years as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University after completing his Ph.D. in psychology in 1992 at the University of Illinois. Markman holds a B.S. in cognitive science from Brown University.

He has played many roles at the University of Texas including Interim Director of the Brain Imaging Center from 2009-2010 and Founding Director of the Human Dimensions of Organizations program in the College of Liberal Arts from 2011-2018. He began his role as Executive Director of the IC² Institute in 2018, stepping down in December 2021.

Markman has always been interested in bringing insights from his research to a broader audience. To that end, he is a prolific writer and frequent contributor to Psychology Today, Fast Company and the Harvard Business Review.

Markman has published more than 150 scholarly works about cognitive science, decision-making and organizational behavior. Dr. Markman has also written several books for general audiences including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, Bring Your Brain to Work and Brain Briefs (co-written with Dr. Bob Duke).

Beyond the UT Austin campus, he is probably best known as the co-host of KUT‚Äôs ‚ÄúTwo Guys on Your Head‚ÄĚ radio show and podcast, where he and Butler School of Music professor Bob Duke explore the human mind with a unique mix of research, humor and everyday relevance. He also plays saxophone in the Austin ska band Phineas Gage.