Heather Vaughn is a Lecturer in the Department of Communications Studies where she teaches a course in Communicating for Civic Engagement. Vaughn also directs educational outreach programming at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life with a focus on educational programs, events, and research that address civil dialogue, civic discovery, and civic engagement and education, particularly among students and young people.
With most of her career devoted to curriculum development and teacher training, she has served as a district administrator, a district specialist, and an educator in the classroom. At University of Texas High School, she created and instructed online gifted/talented professional development courses, facilitated the AP Summer Institutes on the UT Austin campus, as well as coordinated the state Credit by Exam development. In Pflugerville ISD, she coordinated the ASCEND Program and curriculum for highly gifted students and conducted G/T thirty-hour foundational training for district educators. In 2017, the National Association for Gifted Children presented her with the Specialist Award for Exceptional Contributions to Gifted Education.
Vaughn has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education both from the University of Mississippi and a Specialist of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.