Sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center's Law for Higher Education Law and Governance (IHELG), the Houston Higher Education Law Roundtable is an intensive seminar for junior faculty, who write and teach in the fields of college law, constitutional or administrative law affecting higher education, and related areas, broadly and comprehensively considered. Held at the University of Houston Law Center every other year, the Law Roundtable alternates with the IHELG Houston Higher Education Finance Roundtable, which was established in May, 1999. This activity is designed to improve the skills of junior, pre-tenured/tenure-track faculty conducting research in these fields; special accommodations may also be made for a very small number of scholars with terminal degrees who work for educational research organizations or associations. No doctoral students without completed dissertations (in any relevant field of study) will be considered, or law students whose JD degree has not been awarded.
During the Roundtable, a small number of fellows (5-6) will be chosen to present papers, works-in-progress, or detailed outlines to the group, who will be joined by three senior faculty, with special expertise in the field of higher education law and governance. Fellows' work in higher education legal topics will be presented and critiqued, and there will be additional activities, including a discussion of research resources (funding opportunities, research agenda-building, teaching, and mentorship). The Roundtable is scheduled to begin in the late afternoon, Sunday, May 21 arrival with midday departures on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Fellows must stay for the full program. No family members will be eligible to attend the events or dinners, although they are welcome to share the rooms. All local expenses are paid by IHELG, and fellows' expenses will include their own airfare and ground transportation. A listserv will be established for each cohort, to maintain communications. In the past, partial support has been provided by the Ford Foundation, through a grant to the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Institute on Equity Research Methods and Critical Policy Analysis; and through the TIAA-CREF Research Institute.
There is no application form: a brief letter stating appropriate research interests and a c. v. should be sent to Prof. Michael A. Olivas, at the IHELG offices: firstname.lastname@example.org . (We will accept applications by U.S. mail, overnight mail, fax, or email.) Please share this with anyone who may have a research interest in higher education legal topics. The firm deadline date for applying is February 12, 2017, and all draft materials for the Roundtable presentations are due by May 12, 2017.
For more information on this program, or on IHELG (the first U.S. research institute devoted to college law issues), consult our website at www.law.uh.edu/ihelg .
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 Houston Higher Education Finance Roundtable Faculty:
Prof. Ronald Ehrenberg, Cornell University; Prof. Amaury Nora, University of Houston/University of Texas at San Antonio; Prof. Michael A. Olivas, UHLC/IHELG; in 2016, Prof. Alicia Dowd of the Penn State University Center for the Study of Higher Education joined the faculty
1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 Houston Higher Education Law Roundtable Faculty:
Prof. William B. Kaplin, Catholic University of America/Stetson University; Prof. Leland Ware, University of Delaware; Prof. Michael A. Olivas, UHLC/IHELG; in 2017, Professor Amy J. Gajda of the Tulane Law School will join the faculty.