Institute For Higher Education Law And Governance


IHELG Houston Higher Education Law Roundtable, 2015: May 17-May 19, 2015

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 and higher education law 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 1998, with its inaugural seminar held 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 (6-8) 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, mentorship). The Roundtable is scheduled to begin in the late afternoon, Sunday May 17, 2015 arrival with afternoon departures on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Fellows may stay that Tuesday night, and all must stay for the full program. No family members will be eligible to attend the events or dinners. All local expenses are paid by IHELG, and fellows' expenses will include only 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. (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 issues. The firm deadline date for applying is February 14, 2015, and all materials for the Roundtable presentations are due by May 10, 2015.

For more information on this program, or on IHELG (the first U.S. research institute devoted to college law issues), consult our website at
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 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;
1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 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