Cynthia Nance Once Again Named Dean of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law

Cynthia Nance, who has been serving as interim dean of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law since last summer, will continue to lead the law school as permanent dean through June 2026.

Professor Nance first joined the University of Arkansas School of Law faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor and served as the dean from 2006 to 2011. She then returned to the classroom as the Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law in 2012. Her teaching and scholarship focus on labor and employment law, workplace legislation, and poverty law.

“It is an honor to continue to serve the university and School of Law community in this capacity, especially as we look forward to celebrating the centennial of the law school” next year, Dean Nance said.  “I’m grateful to Provost Martin for his confidence in my leadership and for allowing me to continue to advance our legacy of leadership, research, and service, consistent with our land grant mission, which also includes access to legal education for historically underrepresented groups.”

A graduate of Chicago State University, Professor Nance holds a master’s degree in business and a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa.

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