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Friday, June 2, 2017

Associate Dean Conference Discusses Scholarship Assessment and the Rankings

The 2017 Texas A&M University Law School Associate Dean Conference  from Thursday, June 1, through Saturday, June 3, 2017 addressed topics relevant to associate deans at law schools, including

  • scholarship assessment,
  • teaching assessment,
  • diversity,
  • law school buildings,
  • and rankings.

In addition, because many associate deans eventually become law deans, the conference will address topics that dean candidates would need to be familiar with to participate in a dean search.  Speakers included Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News and World Report, who will engage in a conversation on rankings with Andrew Morriss, Dean of Texas A&M University Law School.

Friday's two-hour panel on Scholarship Assessment was led off by an insightful, cutting edge presentation by the reknown Law Prof Blogs Founder Dean Paul Caron (Pepperdine Deans Conference
University School of Law) focusing on assessing faculty scholarship, including scholarship metrics and "alt metrics".  Dean Caron was followed by Gary Lucas, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Assessment, Strategic Analysis, and Reporting, Texas A&M University School of Law, who addressed such alt rankings such as SSRN and Google Scholar and evidenced how these can be gathered by US News & World Report and then used to compare the top research institutions and faculty members within them.  Gregory Sisk, Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law addressed what "scholarly" means in the context of legal education and methods to assess who is actually a "scholar" and who just ursurps the term "scholar".  Finally, Dr. John August, the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost of Texas A&M University addressed how the law school scholarly impact fits into the the bigger picture of the university measurement system of scholarly impact used to compare the 63 scholarly research institutions of the AAU.

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