Associate Dean for Academic AffairsPhone: (410) 706-2088
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 and centers, and represents the School of Law on various UMB committees relating to academic issues. In addition to academic affairs, she 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.
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