Carnegie Mellon University

Keely Austin

Keely R. Austin

Director, Communication and Language Support Development; Special Faculty, Writing and Communication

Education: PhD, Illinois State University, English Studies (Rhetoric and Composition, Linguistics, Literature); MA, Illinois State University, Professional Writing; BA, University of Central Arkansas (Major: Psychology, Minor: Spanish)


I focus on genre theory, language ideologies, and DEI in curriculum and assessment to bring meaningful communication support services (written, oral, visual) to learners. My work in Communication and Language Support gives me many opportunities to mentor consultants, work with students, and collaborate with programs and offices across CMU to actualize equitable and just occasions for all learners to voice and contribute to knowledge and community building.

While at CMU, I have taught English 76-100 and 76-101 as well as the 76-302/702 practicum.

When I'm not reading, I enjoy gardening, petting other people's dogs, and hiking.