Board of Governors Approves New Academic Department to Address Teacher Shortage, Appoints Legal Scholar to Prestigious Professorship

At a meeting of the Rutgers University Board of Governors on Thursday, June 22, faculty member Michael Carrier was named a Board of Governors Professor of Law, and the Department of Education and Teacher Preparation, which will strengthen the university’s commitment to expanding New Jersey's teaching workforce, was established in the Graduate School–Camden.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the continued growth and success of our university and its exceptional faculty,” Chancellor Tillis said.

Michael Carrier was appointed as a Board of Governors Professor of Law. Board of Governors professorships are awarded to individuals whose aggregate academic accomplishments are recognized nationally and globally. By virtue of their exceptionality, these professorships exemplify the most celebrated and decorated academic scholars at Rutgers.

"I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to Professor Carrier, who has earned this prestigious honor through his widely cited record of scholarly expertise and his sustained efforts to keep the broader public informed in local, national, and international media outlets,” Chancellor Tillis said.  

Carrier is widely recognized as an expert in his field, with a scholarly record of over 120 law review articles in preeminent journals. He has authored numerous amicus briefs, testified before Congress, and his work has been cited in opinions by the United States Supreme Court. He assisted the campaign of President Biden in developing its policy platforms on matters of antitrust and intellectual property matters in 2020. 

Carrier regularly uses his research expertise to author editorials in popular news outlets and offer expert commentary for various news outlets, such as TIMEForbesFortuneThe EconomistThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, NBC News, and PBS.

Michael Carrier, board of governors professor of law

Michael Carrier, board of governors professor of law

The Board of Governors also approved the establishment of the Department of Education and Teacher Preparation in the Graduate School–Camden, which will serve as the academic home to the Rutgers–Camden Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. All current and future degree and certificate programs in education and teacher preparation will also operate under the umbrella of the new department.

“The Department of Education and Teacher Preparation will increase available resources for our students and serve as a difference maker in the severe teacher shortage within New Jersey and throughout the United States,” Chancellor Tillis said.  “It is because of the collective commitment of everyone on our campus that we have the pleasure to celebrate these exciting developments.”

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