Professor Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb Appointed Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development

Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb, a national leader in legal writing and a prominent critical-race-and-gender scholar, has been appointed Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development at UIC Law in Chicago. Professor McMurtry-Chubb joined the UIC Law faculty in Fall 2020 as a tenured full professor.

Professor McMurtry-Chubb was chosen for the position due to her strong record of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and research. Since 2019, she has published two books, five full-length law review articles, and 2 essays in law reviews. Her book, Race Unequals: Overseer Contracts, White Masculinities, and the Formation of Managerial Identity in the Plantation Economy (Rowman & Littlefield 2021), is a work of legal history that has been favorably reviewed by both historians and legal scholars.

A national legal writing leader, Professor McMurtry-Chubb previously served as President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, becoming the first person of color to ever head a national legal writing organization. She is a board member and officer-designate for Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers. She also chaired the Legal Writing Institute Diversity Initiatives Committee; served as the Chair of the Iowa National Bar Association, the founding chapter of the National Bar Association and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Iowa State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Professor McMurtry-Chubb is ALWD’s 2021 Blackwell Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing and was honored in 2018 with LWI’s Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication.

Professor McMurtry-Chubb has lectured nationally on structural discrimination in educational institutions and the workplace and is a leader in designing curricula to facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. She is currently developing a suite of curricular modules for the Law School’s core classes that address those subjects through an antiracist lens.

Before officially joining the law faculty, Professor McMurtry-Chubb was a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law at UIC Law for the 2019-2020 academic year and delivered the keynote lecture during the Law School’s 2020 Diversity Week. During Summer 2020, she moderated a discussion for UIC Law with CNN commentator Bakari Sellers about race and injustice in America and joined other faculty for a virtual conversation about violence by police.

She previously taught at Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, The University of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University School of Law and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. While at Fairhaven College, she was a co-founder and the first director of Fairhaven’s Center for Law, Diversity and Justice.

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