Olivas’ workshop will alert academics to legal trends in higher education    

Michael A. Olivas

Michael A. Olivas

Nov. 19, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas will lead a workshop in January on legal developments in academia and potential trouble areas for administrators and faculty.

Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance at the Law Center, has conducted several similar workshops over the years. The two-hour program is aimed at department chairs, assistant chairs, program directors, academic coordinators, associate deans, and faculty.

The format is informal and open-ended, Olivas said, where he will identify a number of perennial and emerging topics, discuss the legal issues that are in play, and show how courts and agencies have responded. He said he will identify several major areas of legal trouble, such as tenure, harassment and civil rights issues, classroom speech, and grading, providing examples of each with cases and other legal developments. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share issues from their own experiences.

The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 15, in Bayou City (room 219) of the University Center. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

For more information, contact: The Center for Faculty Engagement and Development (FED) at fed@uh.edu or call 713-743-6592 or 713-743-6683.

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