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Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Diversity
BA, Howard University
JD, Harvard Law School
Staci Rucker is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Diversity, a new position which reflects the law school’s continued commitment to fostering an intellectually challenging and diverse learning environment, a value that is embraced by the University of Cincinnati also.
Rucker is an experienced leader in higher education. Prior to joining the College of Law, she was assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Dayton School of Law. In that role, Rucker was the visionary behind the development of Dayton Law’s learning communities, dean’s fellows and academic advising programs. She was also responsible for advising all student groups; overseeing the coordination of orientation and graduation; and counseling students on a range of issues including professional development, academic concerns, and incidents of bias and harassment.
A summa cum laude graduate of Howard University and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Rucker began her career as an attorney at law firms in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA. After transitioning to North Carolina, she joined the ranks of academia and administration, serving as interim director of Academic Support at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she also taught an upper-level legal writing course. Later, she clerked for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., formerly on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and now on the Fourth Circuit, before coming to the Ohio Valley.
“Closing the Diversity Gap in the Legal Profession,”opening keynote at the Dayton Bar Association’s Diversity Day CLE, April 7, 2017.