Following an internal search, Annette Kluck has been named Auburn University’s assistant provost for women’s initiatives in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, effective Aug. 1.
An associate professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling in the College of Education, Kluck has served as the director of training for the department’s doctoral program in counseling psychology as well as the program’s director of assessment since 2009. Following her appointment, Kluck will also be promoted to full professor, effective this fall.
As assistant provost, Kluck will provide vision and leadership to the Office of Women’s Initiatives and will collaborate with other units to enhance the campus climate for women. Specifically, Kluck will be responsible for developing educational and professional development programs that support women’s issues, including expanding understanding of gender-related concerns that affect women, advancing the recruitment and retention of female faculty and students, addressing issues of work-life balance, creating leadership development programs and identifying opportunities for female career advancement.
“As we continue to strengthen Auburn’s climate for inclusion and diversity, the Office of Women’s’ Initiatives will play a vital role in creating a campus dialogue surrounding women’s issues and in developing solutions to address gender-based concerns,” said Taffye Benson Clayton, associate provost and vice president for inclusion and diversity. “With her diverse cadre of leadership and counseling experience, I am confident Dr. Kluck will broaden our cultural understanding of topics that affect women and empower members of our campus to take an active role in addressing these issues.”
In addition to her faculty roles, Kluck also served as the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow in 2016 where she participated in senior administrative meetings and contributed to the implementation of the university’s strategic plan. As a fellow, Kluck worked with other administrators to create an interdepartmental advisory board designed to address student mental health concerns, resulting in a new undergraduate course on emotional intelligence.
“I am honored to serve as the assistant provost for women’s initiatives and look forward to advancing Auburn University’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, particularly for current and future women on our campus,” stated Kluck. “This is an exciting time for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity as we continue to build strong programs and initiatives that impact the lives of our faculty, staff and students. I look forward to working with members of our campus to make Auburn an institution of choice for outstanding female students and scholars.”
Kluck holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Nebraska Wesleyan University and earned her master’s degree in psychology and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Texas Tech University. Often recognized for her contributions to the university, Kluck received the College of Education’s Leischuck Graduate Teaching Award in 2016, the Women’s Studies Faculty Achievement Award in 2016 and the College of Education’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity in 2015. In addition to her academic and professional contributions, Kluck is a licensed psychologist in Alabama.