by Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
Nearly a week after faculty unrest led to the sudden ousting of Dean Larry Sager from the University of Texas School of Law, his interim replacement told The Texas Tribune one of her top priorities will be a review of faculty compensation.
“I certainly hope I can turn it around,” said Stefanie Lindquist, previously an associate dean. “That’s my job. That’s the reason I was selected to do this job.”
Lindquist assumed the role after UT President Bill Powers asked Sager, who had been dean since 2006, to resign. Powers said the change was necessary because division among the law school’s faculty had grown untenable.
Tension spiked in the wake of an open records request filed by three faculty members who intended to highlight, among other things, gender equity and questions about the management of private funds from the UT Law School Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to support the law school.
Lindquist said that both the law school and the university as a whole have been sensitive to gender and racial equity for years. Earlier this year, while Sager was at the helm, a subcommittee was formed within the law school’s budget committee specifically to review salary distribution. Read more…