Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Law School ProfessorPhone: (410) 706-7271
BA, 1972, Purdue University
MS, 1973, University of Illinois
JD, 1978, Duke University
Barbara Gontrum currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In this capacity she has responsibility for all curricular issues, including course scheduling, faculty teaching assignments, hiring of adjunct faculty, and oversight of academic programs. Dean Gontrum also has responsibility for the oversight and development of new programs, including the new Master of Science in Law (MSL) and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI), both part of MPowering the State. She represents the School of Law on various UMB committees relating to academic issues and, in addition to academic affairs, oversees the law library and all technology operations including information technology, Blackboard support, media services and web services.
Dean Gontrum joined the faculty in 1979 as library director after holding the positions of Associate Law Librarian and Reference/Documents Librarian at the Duke University Law Library. She subsequently became Assistant Dean for Library and Technology. Dean Gontrum has served on many site evaluation teams for the American Bar Association. She has taken a leadership role in academic law libraries, serving as chair of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries and as chair of the Section of Law Libraries of the Association of American Law Schools. She has twice been chair of the Council of Library Directors for the University System of Maryland, in addition to working on many committees and initiatives relating to the provision of library services at the System level.
The New Rules for Law Schools, Peer to Peer, June 2011, at 85. [Full Text]
Librarians Bridge Information Gap in Law Courses, AALL Spectrum, March 2004, at 22. [Full Text]
Redefining Reference - Is the Reference Desk a Thing of the Past? AALL Spectrum November 1998, at 12. [Full Text]
Geac at the University of Maryland Law Library: Commentary on Fishlyn, 77 Law Library Journal 100 (1985). [Full Text]
Researching the Law of Products Liability, 3 Journal of Products Liability 141 (1979).
Barbara Gontrum, Michael Greenberger, and Diane Hoffmann of the School of Law were quoted in the Daily Record article, "A law degree for people who don't need one."
Barbara Gontrum of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "University of Maryland Puts Science in Law Program" on Lawtechnologynews.com.
Barbara Gontrum of the School of Law was quoted in the Washington Post article "New Degree Offers Options for Legal Professionals."
James Grimmelmann and Michelle Harner of the School of Law were quoted, and Barbara Gontrum of the School of Law mentioned in The Daily Record article "IT issues a reality for Md. attorneys."
James Grimmelmann and Michelle Harner, of the School of Law were quoted, and Barbara Gontrum of the School of Law mentioned in the print edition of The Daily Record article "Cyber Issues a Reality for Attorneys."