Professor of Law Jennifer Collins has been named associate provost for academic initiatives.
In her new role, Collins will work with faculty from across the University to develop academic programs. The appointment is for a three-year term. She will retain her title as professor of law and will continue to teach in the law school.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with all the different components of this wonderful University,” said Collins, who joined the law faculty in 2003.
Collins succeeds Michele Gillespie, the Kahle Associate Professor of History, who is returning to the history faculty after her three-year term as an associate provost.
“Jennifer is an exceptional teacher-scholar who will bring an energy for faculty excellence and a commitment to the strategic plan into her new role,” said Provost Jill Tiefenthaler.
Before joining the faculty, Collins spent nearly eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in homicide cases. She is an expert and author on issues involving families and the criminal justice system, and she has taught classes in criminal law, criminal procedure and family law. She won the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.
She received her undergraduate degree in history from Yale University and her law degree from Harvard University. At Harvard, she worked on the Law Review with President Barack Obama.