Dean-Designate Chesney Announces New Associate Deans
Texas Law has announced that four current faculty members—Susan Morse, Melissa Wasserman, Shavonne Henderson, and Eden Harrington— have agreed to serve the law school community as Associate Deans, effective July 1. Collectively, this group will form the dean’s senior leadership team, advising the dean while also carrying out the charges described below.
“We are all very fortunate (me most of all) to have such a talented group of people take on these important roles,” said Dean-Designate Bobby Chesney.
Announcing Our New Associate Deans
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is charged with curating our curriculum, promoting pedagogical excellence, and addressing a wide range of faculty and student-related issues.
The Associate Dean for Research is charged with enhancing the quality and quantity of the scholarship of our research faculty, expanding internal and external awareness of that work, and encouraging a robust intellectual life for our community.
The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is charged with championing the pursuit of these values throughout our operations, advancing relevant programming, and serving as an indispensable advisor for faculty, staff, and students alike.
The Associate Dean for Experiential Education is charged with cultivating our wide range of experiential-education offerings, expanding internal and external awareness of these offerings, and highlighting the professional achievements of clinicians and lecturers.
“Please join me in thanking Susie, Melissa, Shavonne, and Eden for taking on these important roles! Also join me in thanking our colleague Willy Forbath on the conclusion of his invaluable service as our Associate Dean for Research,” Dean-Designate Cheseney added.
Forbath has agreed to a new role focused on supporting the development of our (soon-to-be-growing) cohort of pre-tenure research faculty.
Texas Law’s new team of associate deans will help lead the school’s ambition to become the nation’s highest-impact public law school.