Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Ph.D.

Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor

Professor Allan Cole is senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also, by courtesy, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Dell Medical School.

His current research and teaching interests include social work and chronic illness, health humanities, 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).

Professor Cole’s new book, Counseling Persons with Parkinson’s Disease, will be published by Oxford University Press early next year. He is also the author of dozens of 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.

Professor Cole serves on the Board of Directors at Power for Parkinson’s, a non-profit organization that provides free exercise, dance, and singing classes to those living with Parkinson’s disease in Central Texas and globally through instructional videos. He moderates PD Wise, a hub for sharing personal stories, experiences, and wisdom gained from living with Parkinson’s that aims to encourage personal connections and opportunities for learning. He serves as a community advocate for, and occasionally as a guest contributor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Team Fox Blog, writing columns about living well with Parkinson’s.

Appointed by former UT Austin President, Gregory L. Fenves, professor Cole serves on the university’s Intercollegiate Athletics Council. Elected by the faculty, he serves as chair of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s Executive Committee.

Responsible for leadership of the Office of Academic Affairs in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, his efforts focus on educating and supporting students and colleagues in social work research, practice, teaching, and leadership.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Social work and chronic illness, health humanities, and social work and religion/spirituality.



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


Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 2.202C
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358