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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Louisville Names Five-Year Interim Dean

DuncanUniversity of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law faculty member Susan Duncan, who has been Interim Dean since July 1, 2012 after the end of Jim Chen's five year term as Dean, has been reapponited Interim Dean for an additional three year term:

[The Provost] said the decision not to appoint a longer-term interim dean at the law school was for several reasons. First, she said, administration is pleased with the job Duncan, who is a candidate for the dean’s position, has done over the last two years. Also, [the Povost] said, the university “didn’t get the pool of candidates that we’d expect to get.” “It’s a tough time to recruit for deans of law schools,” she said, adding that enrollments at many schools are down and universities are hesitant to commit additional resources to law schools with fewer students. ...  [S]he is pleased to have Duncan in place in the meantime. “Susan is doing a terrific job,” ... noting that she has tripled annual fund-raising levels and better engaged the legal community than her predecessors.

Dan Filler (Drexel) and the comments speculate about this very odd development in What's Up At Louisville Law? Interim Dean Extension Begs Other Questions.

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There have been numerous recent dean announcements and some non-announcements aka University of Florida. Without passing judgment on the provost's school, it appears the dearth of applicants is more an issue of high demand for deans and an unstable job market.

Posted by: Mark P. Yablon | May 14, 2014 8:24:39 AM