(Austin, James R - 2015) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service
Professor Austin exemplifies the highest level of service and leadership at CU-Boulder as well as at the state and national level. On campus, his work has involved a broad range of campus initiatives, including faculty compensation and benefits, distance education, international education and strategic planning. To students, Austin has been a trusted advisor, mentor and research collaborator, often maintaining those relationships long after graduation. Not surprisingly, many new faculty members in music education choose Austin as their mentor. Austin maintains strong ties with the music education community. His research on educational success enables him to provide wise counsel to music colleagues and countless K–12 music teachers in Colorado and beyond the state. He has been a sought-after speaker at annual meetings of public school music teachers as well as other meetings at the state and national levels. Taking on the role of interim dean of the college of Music during the 2013–14 academic year, Austin successfully met the challenge of moving the college forward when a less committed leader might have settled for maintaining the status quo.