Professor Lindsey Gustafson will become the next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She succeeds Professor Michael Flannery, who is rejoining the law school faculty after more than two years of service as Associate Dean.
Professor Gustafson joined the law school in 1998 and was named Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law in 2019. During her academic career, Gustafson has worked extensively on improving student scholarship and peer-edited scholarship and is an expert in legal pedagogy. She has published articles on effective law teaching, improving student scholarship, and on the impact of technology on student writing. She has also frequently presented at both regional and national legal writing conferences and to law school faculties on effective teaching methods.
“Lindsey is an excellent colleague, and she is committed to the success of the law school and our students,” said Theresa M. Beiner, dean of the law school. “She will be an outstanding Associate Dean, and I am looking forward to working with her in this role.”
Professor Gustafson has been nominated four times for the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and has won the award twice, in 2004 and 2014.
In addition to her teaching and research accomplishments, Professor Gustafson has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Legal Writing Institute and is a Co-Director of The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, which is co-sponsored by Bowen.
“I’m excited to serve Bowen’s students and faculty in this new role. Law school can be an intimidating, stressful endeavor, and our current climate promises to make it even more so,” Gustafson said. “But we have a fantastic faculty committed to training ethical advocates dedicated to public service and improving access to justice. Bowen has hardworking students who are willing to sacrifice to improve their lives and the lives of others. It is an exciting time to be part of law teaching and administration.”
Professor Gustafson assumes all associate dean responsibilities on Aug. 17, 2020.