Associate Professor, Department of Special Education
Phone: +1 512 471 5017, +1 512 475 6547
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Audrey M. Sorrells, Ph.D. is associate dean of students for research in the Office of the Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs. She is also associate professor of special education in the College of Education, Senior Ford Fellow, National Research Council and past Fellow in the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment in the Office of the Dean of Students, Dr. Sorrells served as undergraduate advisor and minority liaison officer in the Department of Special Education, as well as chair of several department, college and university committees. She has 27 years of higher education teaching and research experience, from 1987 to 1997 at Southeastern Louisiana University, and since 1997 at UT Austin. 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, 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.