UT Leadership Welcome Incoming IC2 Director S. Craig Watkins- Message from Vice President of Research, UT Austin

S. Craig Watkins, New IC2 Director

From:    The Office of the Vice President for Research

To:        UT leadership including President Hartzell, Provost Wood, VP Council, Deans Council, and ADRs

December 14, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know that S. Craig Watkins, the Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor in Communication, has been appointed director of the IC2 Institute, effective January 1st.

He succeeds Art Markman, who was named the vice provost for Continuing and Professional Education this past June.

Art has been a transformative leader for the institute during these last three years. Under his direction, IC2 has evolved into an interdisciplinary research community on campus with a unique focus on understanding the ecosystems of regional economies. Programs like Home to Texas combine scholarship and experiential education for students with a service-minded approach to building local economies beyond the major metropolitan areas.

I am exceedingly grateful for Art’s vision, unflappable nature, and sense of humor, particularly during these last 20 months.

And I am just as appreciative and gratified that Craig has agreed to take the helm beginning next month.

Craig is an internationally recognized author and scholar. He is the founding director of the Institute for Media Innovation and leads the “AI and the Future of Racial Justice” research team as part of the Good Systems grand challenge. His work examines teen media behavior, particularly within Black and Latina/o communities, as well as the design of equitable and non-harmful AI technologies.

I know he will build on the institute’s strengths — especially the relationships and partnerships that Art and the IC2 staff have developed on- and off-campus — and that he will take the institute further still in the years to come. I am fortunate to welcome him into the Office of the Vice President for Research portfolio.



DAN JAFFE, Vice President for Research
The University of Texas at Austin

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