Aug. 24, 2018, AUSTIN, TEXAS – Cynthia Osborne, an associate professor of public affairs, has been named associate dean for academic strategies at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin, it was announced today by LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. The appointment is effective Sept. 1 and continues through Aug. 31, 2021.
In her role as associate dean, Osborne will work with faculty and administration to transform the curriculum and content of the LBJ School’s academic programming to better meet the needs and demands of 21st-century challenges. She will coordinate the planning, development and rollout of new academic initiatives, and advise the dean on faculty governance and relations. In addition, working with the associate dean of students, Dr. Kate Weaver, Osborne will oversee student relations with LBJ School administration, serving as the primary academic contact for students with the Dean’s Office and leading the committee that considers student grievances and disputes.
In making the announcement, Dean Evans said, “Dr. Osborne will be critical to building new teaching and experiential opportunities across the school’s multiple degree programs, including the abundance of dual degree offerings. Dr. Osborne will work with our colleagues across the campus and in the policy community writ large to explore new ways to impart the knowledge and skills that our graduates will need to lead policy innovations. As a nationally recognized scholar and director of two research centers here at LBJ, Dr. Osborne not only brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, but also an intimate working knowledge of the unique brand of public leadership education embraced by our community. I am very pleased to have Dr. Osborne leading this effort that is key to our school’s growth and future success.”
"As a nationally recognized scholar and director of two research centers here at LBJ, Dr. Osborne not only brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, but also an intimate working knowledge of the unique brand of public leadership education embraced by our community." —Angela Evans, dean
“I’m excited to assume this new role and to be an advocate for the faculty and the LBJ School,” Osborne said. “My job will be to assist the dean in advancing her strategic initiatives and to support the faculty and school in ways that help us meet our commitment to excellence in teaching and research.”
Osborne is the director of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and also the director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP). CHASP is an interdisciplinary research center with a focus on health and social policy. CFRP is also an in-house research group, which conducts rigorous research on policy issues related to young children, adolescents and their parents.
Her teaching and research interests include social policy issues, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being and family demography. Osborne has extensive experience leading long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies. Her work includes evaluations for the Texas Home Visiting Program, the largest home visiting program in the country; for critical child welfare programs of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; and for key child support programs of the Texas Office of the Attorney General.
Osborne is part of a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) 12-member committee tasked with reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by 50 percent within 10 years. She is also an elected member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Council.