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Professor Michelle Travis Appointed New Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship

September 04, 2013

Professor Michelle Travis has been named the associate dean for faculty scholarship, replacing Joshua Davis, who is the new associate dean for academic affairs.

Travis is a Dean’s Circle Scholar and co-director of USF’s Labor and Employment Law Program. She specializes in employment law with a focus on disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and work/family balance. Her interdisciplinary scholarship uses social cognition and sociology research to reveal how antidiscrimination law could be used to eliminate structural, organizational, and cognitive biases in the workplace. She serves on the editorial board of the Chicago-Kent Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, and her articles have been published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, and the Washington and Lee Law Review, among others.

Travis teaches Employment Law, Torts, Remedies, and Work/Family Law, and has received two distinguished teaching awards. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her JD from Stanford University. She previously taught at Lewis & Clark Law School, Santa Clara School of Law, and Stanford Law School. She was also an employment litigation associate at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, and a law clerk for the Hon. David M. Ebel in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

“Fostering faculty scholarship is so important to the life and future of the law school,” said Dean John Trasviña, “I wanted a visionary leader widely respected not only throughout the law school and the university but among peers everywhere. Thus, in close consultation with Associate Dean Joshua Davis, selecting Professor Michelle Travis was an obvious choice.”