Susan Poser Biography
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Susan Poser became Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 1, 2016. Dr. Poser is also Professor of Political Science in UIC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Poser received her B.A. in Ancient Greek and Political Science with honors from Swarthmore College, her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, also from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Poser’s dissertation was an analysis of the organizational, philosophical, and legal aspects of the remedial phase of desegregation litigation.
After law school, Dr. Poser was a law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. She practiced law and was the Zicklin Fellow in Ethics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, before going to Nebraska as a member of the law faculty. In 2005, Poser became director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics at the University of Nebraska. From 2007-2010, Poser served as Associate to the Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before returning to the law school as dean.
In her 5 years as dean at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Dr. Poser led a complete review of the curriculum. This review led to Nebraska becoming one of the only law schools in the nation to require international law in the first-year curriculum. Poser oversaw the creation of an Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic and many joint degree programs, including with the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She raised over $22 million from donors, which included funds to build an addition to the law school building to house all of the law school’s clinical programs. During her tenure as dean, the College of Law’s U.S. News and World Report ranking rose 37 points.
Poser’s research interests include professional responsibility, with a focus on multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary practice. She has written and spoken widely on these issues. In 2003, she served as the Reporter to the Nebraska State Bar Association Committee that reviewed the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and proposed their adoption in Nebraska. She has also published articles on Tort law and participated in interdisciplinary empirical research and scholarship on the effects of Tort rules.
At the University of Nebraska, Poser served as a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and Chair of the NU System-wide Gender Equity Committee. She served on the Ethics Committee of the Nebraska State Bar Association, and on the Nebraska Supreme Court’s District One Committee on Inquiry, which reviews disciplinary complaints against Nebraska attorneys.
Dr. Poser was a member of the Board of Humanities Nebraska and the Strategic Air & Space Museum. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and the National Board of Directors of the ACLU. At Nebraska, she received the Law College Distinguished Teacher award in 2004. In 2006, she received the Shining Light Award from the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and in 2011, she was awarded the Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law by the Nebraska State Bar Association.