Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Ph.D.

Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Professor

Allan Hugh Cole Jr., PhD, is senior associate dean for academic affairs, director of undergraduate programs, and professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

His current research and teaching interests include disability studies, brief counseling interventions, mentoring, and social work and religion/spirituality.

He is author or editor of ten books. These include: Converging Horizons: Essays in Psychology, Religion, and Caregiving (Cascade, 2015); The Faith and Friendships of Teenage Boys (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012); A Spiritual Life: Perspectives from Poets, Prophets, and Preachers (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011); Good Mourning: Getting through Your Grief (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008); Be Not Anxious: Pastoral Care of Disquieted Souls (Eerdmans, 2008); and Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007).

Currently, he is writing a book on a brief counseling approach for social workers, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Cole is also the author of various chapters, articles, and reviews in volumes and journals related to the fields of social work, counseling, and the psychology of religion. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work: Social Thought.

He serves on the University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men. As an elected member of the Faculty Council, he chairs the B-4 Student Athletes and Activities Committee.

Responsible for leadership of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s academic affairs and a member of the Council on Leadership Development for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), his work focuses on educating and supporting persons in social work research, practice, teaching, and leadership.


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Pedagogy and curricula in higher education, brief counseling interventions, mentoring, and social work and religion/spirituality.


  • Ph.D., MDiv, Princeton Seminary
  • M.S. (Social Work), Columbia University
  • A.B., (Philosophy) Davidson College


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Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358