Johnston, Kershner and Meals Appointed to Nontenure-Track Faculty

Karen Johnston

Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08)

The College of Law has appointed the associate and assistant directors of the Center for Law, Health & Society; the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth; and the Center for Access to Justice as nontenure-track faculty. Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08), Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08) and Darcy Meals are now academic professionals.

“Our associate and assistant directors have substantial responsibilities within their centers that draw on their professional training and background,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, who recently stepped down as dean. “I am glad we were able to make a change that is commensurate with what they do.”

Assistant or associate directors of academic centers are responsible for managing daily operations, planning events and developing academic programming. “This appointment is indicative of the role we play in advising students and developing curriculum,” said Meals, assistant director of the Center for Access to Justice.

Darcy Meals

Darcy Meals

Stacie Kershner

Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08)

“Joining the faculty creates new opportunities for me at the College of Law and across the university,” said Kershner, associate director of the Center for Law, Health & Society. “This is exciting both for the center and my own professional development.”

The appointment provides the opportunity to lead study abroad programs and expand international programming, said Johnston, assistant director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. “It also enables me to become more involved in university committees and strategic initiatives such as the Urban Scholars Institute and international programs, providing more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration,” she said.