Associate Dean of Students for Research/Associate Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas – United States
Audrey Sorrells is associate dean of students for research in the Office of the Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs. She is also associate professor and area coordinator of the diversity and equity in special education doctoral program, Department of Special Education in the College of Education; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis; Senior Ford Fellow, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine, and past Fellow in the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She has 32 years of higher education teaching and research experience. Prior to her university appointments, Dr. Sorrells taught in K-12 settings, teaching at risk students and in high poverty rural and urban schools, including students with learning and behavioral disabilities.
Dr. Sorrells’ research in higher education has focused on the first-year experience, first-generation students, Veteran students with posttraumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and substance use disorders, students with disabilities, as well as professional development and interdisciplinary partnerships in higher education. Other areas on which she has focused her research include minority and disproportionate representation in K-12 schools for students with disabilities, reading instruction in middle and secondary schools, and college readiness. In addition to having authored and coauthored many refereed publications, Dr. Sorrells is a consultant and presenter at local, statewide and national levels, and currently serves as a principal investigator or co-investigator of several state and federally funded grants. She served as co-editor of Journal of Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners and is co-author of the book, Critical Issues in Special Education: Access, Diversity and Accountability.
The recipient of many honors, including a Doctoral Leadership Award from the University of Florida, Dr. Sorrells has also been a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, a Dean's Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin and is listed in Who's Who Among Educators in America. Dr. Sorrells earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and education and Master of Education degree in special education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in education from the University of Florida.
Co-Editor, Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners(2008 - 2013)
Minority Liaison Coordinator, Department of Special Education, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin
Member, Student Affairs Leadership Team
Member, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education
Lead Team Member, Campus Climate Response Team
Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Editor, Journal of College and Character
Member, Editorial Board, Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners
Sorrells, A., Wills, S., Reagins-Lilly, S., Cate, C. & Moe, J. (2015). Veterans integration to academic leadership (VITAL): A collaborative University-Veterans Administration outreach program to empower students veterans to succeed and lead. Supporting Veterans In Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty and Academic Advisors. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
Sorrells, A., Cole, H., Pacey, B. & Carter, J. (2014). Working with learners with learning disabilities in STEM. S.T.E.M. Education: Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs: Nova Science Publishers.
Sorrells, A., Rieth, H. & Sindelar, P. (2004). Critical issues in special education: Access, diversity, and accountability. Boston: Allyn and Bacon/Pearson.
PROJECTS AND GRANTS
College/University Outreach to Veterans
Sorrells, A. & Reagins-Lilly, S., Department of Veteran Affairs, The Office of Mental Health, Veterans Health Administration Funded:2011- 2016
Adaption of a Substance Use Prevention Program for Student Veterans
Sorrells, A. M. (PI)). National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse. Submitted: May 2013. Reviewed and Scored.
Reading Intervention with Spanish-Speaking Students: Maximizing Instructional Effectiveness in English and Spanish
Baker, S. K., Linan-Thompson, S., Edwards-Santoro, L., & Sorrells, A. (Co-PI). US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Goal 3 (CFDA: 84.305) Efficacy. Funded 2007-2011
Diversity Mentoring Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School (2014 - 2015)
UT Faculty Expert, Education Panel, LBJ 2014, 50th Year Civil Rights Summit (2014)
Vocational Rehabilitation as a Public Health Intervention for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury.
Thursday, November 7
12:40 PM – 1:25 PM