Dr. Austin's Bio
Jennifer K. Mann Austin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Instruction and Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Austin chairs the Mathematics Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Mathematics College Readiness Committee and serves on various departmental, college, and university committees focused on undergraduate education. She helped establish and is now the faculty sponsor for the UT Austin Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics. Fulfilling her passion for outreach, Dr. Austin coorganizes the Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin, volunteers for CNS Admissions events, CNS Family Day, and Explore UT, leads Girl Scout Troop 11235, and serves as a VBC Science Leader.
Dr. Austin's passion for knots began during her childhood when she tied and untied macroscopic, practical knots on a farm in rural West Tennessee and at Girl Scout Camp Hazlewood. Dr. Austin completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, a Master of Science in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of South Alabama, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Mathematics and a Doctorate in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics at The Florida State University. As a biomedical mathematics doctoral student, Dr. Austin was jointly advised by Professor De Witt L. Sumners at The Florida State University and Professor E. Lynn Zechiedrich at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Austinâ€™s interests include undergraduate mathematics education, mathematical outreach, inquirybased learning, geometry, topology, knot theory, biomedical applications of mathematics, DNA topology, and proteinDNA interactions.
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Academic Positions

2018PresentAssociate Professor of Instruction and Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor
Mathematics Department
University of Texas, Austin 
20142018Lecturer and Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor
Mathematics Department
University of Texas, Austin 
20112013Lecturer and Assistant Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor
Mathematics Department
University of Texas, Austin 
20102011Lecturer
Mathematics Department
University of Texas, Austin 
20072010Lecturer and RTG Postdoctoral Fellow
Mathematics Department
University of Texas, Austin 
20022007Research Assistant
Molecular Virology and Microbiology Department
Baylor College of Medicine
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Mathematics Department
Florida State University
Honors, Awards, and Grants
2020John R. Durbin Teaching Excellence Award
Awarded by the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas, Austin
2016Faculty Advisor Award
Awarded by the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas, Austin
2013Teaching Excellence Award
Awarded by the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas, Austin