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Susan Poser

Summary: The University of Illinois in Chicago announced that Dean Susan Poser at the University of Nebraska College of Law will be joining them as provost and vice chancellor.

The Dean at the University of Nebraska College of Law has been promoted to provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Susan Poser will take over the position February 1 if the Board of Trustees approves.


Poser specializes in legal ethics and tort law. Prior to being the Dean, she was chief of staff to the chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she also worked on policies focused on academics, alumni relations, fundraising, and enrollment.

She studies ancient Greek and political science at Swarthmore College. She earned her Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy as well as her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

She worked for a time after school as a law clerk for Chief Judge Dolores Sloviter in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. She then practiced law in Philadelphia and served as the Zicklin Fellow in Ethics in the Legal Studies Department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been the Dean at Nebraska College of Law since 2010.

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At Nebraska, she was a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and as Chair of the NU Systemwide Gender Equity Committee. She also was serving on the Ethics Committee of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

She was awarded in 2006 with the Shining Light Award from the Nebraska State Bar Association and in 2011 with the Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law award.




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