Judith Langlois Appointed Dean of Graduate Studies

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Vice Provost Judith Langlois has been appointed dean of graduate studies after serving in an interim capacity since January 2012. The appointment is the first appointment of a dean by Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory L. Fenves. He stated, “Judy Langlois has shown great dedication and leadership to the university over many years, while at the same time maintaining a productive research lab. She is the perfect choice to lead the Graduate School as it continues its important work recruiting and supporting outstanding graduate students and the graduate programs across campus.”

As interim dean, Langlois has provided leadership to several initiatives aimed at enhancing graduate education at the university. One of the key initiatives is the Graduate Student Information System (GSIS), which is being developed in collaboration with the Provost’s Office. Once GSIS is fully implemented it will allow administrators, at all levels, to more readily report on key performance indicators, such as graduate rates and time to degree.

“My goal is to move our many excellent graduate programs to the next level by attracting the best minds across the country and the world with nationally competitive stipends and our cutting edge research and teaching programs,” Langlois said. “Our combination of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students and a renowned faculty create a synergy making The University of Texas at Austin one of the best public institutions in the country. That said, we still have more work to do, and I am eager to begin.”

During Langlois’ time as interim dean the graduate community has also seen enhancements to the Tuition Reduction Benefit received by Teaching Assistants, Assistant Instructors and Graduate Research Assistants. The tuition reduction provided to these academic student employees is no longer considered taxable income. The changes to this benefit was implemented largely in response to student concerns.

“The Graduate Student Assembly has been fortunate to find a staunch supporter and collaborator in Dean Langlois,” said GSA President Columbia Mishra. “She has helped us navigate evolving University policies that make a real impact on the everyday lives of graduate students.”

Kimberly J. Terry, Chair of the Graduate Coordinator Network also noted Langlois’ focus on students. "The Graduate Coordinator Network welcomes Dean Langlois, who has demonstrated her dedication to students by working closely with us in our ongoing effort to improve graduate education."

Langlois was appointed vice provost in 2007, and received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and through the years has served in several key leadership roles on campus. She is a past associate dean of liberal arts and twice served as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, in 1998 and 2006. She is also currently the Charles and Sarah Seay Regents’ Professor of Psychology and leads the Langlois Social Development Lab, which has been continuously funded by NIH for the last 25 years.

October, 2013
by the Graduate School

Dean Judith Langlois

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