Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Deo: Pandemic Pressures On Faculty

Meera E. Deo (Southwestern), Pandemic Pressures on Faculty, 170 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online __ (2022):

The Pandemic Effects on Legal Academia study is the first national empirical study to document challenges facing law professors with different personal and professional responsibilities during COVID. The data reveal disturbing findings of worsening inequities, especially for caregivers, women of color, white women, and untenured faculty. While inequities existed pre-pandemic, they have intensified during COVID, both on campus and at home. 

Instead of ignoring these challenges or assuming they will fade as the pandemic subsides, administrators and policymakers must make necessary changes, or risk losing the intellectual contributions of a generation of law teachers from diverse backgrounds to the lingering effects of the pandemic.

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