Meet the Provost
Wendy Hensel, J.D., was named Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on September 4, 2019, after serving as Interim Provost since July 1, 2019. Prior to this, she served as Interim and full Dean of the College of Law from 2017 to 2019, as well as the first Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development from 2012-2017. In these leadership positions, she spearheaded the development of academic programming and curriculum to meet the needs of the future, expanded on-line course development and teaching excellence, grew interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and created a comprehensive system of faculty development and research support.
She also led the formation of the College of Law’s 2014-2020 Strategic Plan and the Institutional Learning Outcomes Initiative in the college, which created a comprehensive eight-year assessment cycle to evaluate and strengthen curriculum. She worked to boost the College’s profile among law schools and implemented a national strategy of alumni development and engagement. Prior to these leadership roles, she joined the faculty as an instructor in 1999, rising to the rank of full professor in 2011.
Hensel teaches and writes about disability law, policy and ethics in American society. An expert on employment discrimination and special education, she frequently is invited to speak on these topics around the country. Her scholarship has appeared in leading books, peer-reviewed publications and law reviews. Her work has been cited by courts, national media outlets and interdisciplinary scholars, both nationally and internationally.
Hensel graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She practiced labor and employment law with the law firm of Alston & Bird, where she litigated discrimination cases and counseled Fortune 500 companies on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and serves on the board of directors for several organizations committed to their full inclusion in society. You can read her publications by clicking this link.