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Professor Carol A. Parker

Carol Parker

Professor of Law
Senior Vice Provost (Main Campus)
American Council on Education Fellow (2012-2013)

B.A., Michigan State University
M.I.S., University of Michigan
J.D., Wayne State University
Member of the Michigan Bar

 Curriculum Vitae SSRN

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-363-3493
 Office: 3251


Parker currently serves as Senior Vice Provost in UNM's Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Prior to her work in the Academic Affairs office, Parker served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Finance and Administration which entailed providing oversight and direction for numerous law school services and operations including budgeting, accounting and financial analysis; human resources; facilities and building safety; law journal business operations; information technology and the law library. In addition she oversaw administrative support for faculty hiring and contracts; and for grants and special appropriations. She has served on various Law School and university-wide ad hoc committees, on Faculty Senate committees, and has served as the Law School's faculty senator. As a member of the law dean's management team she is involved in law school strategic planning, policy setting and problem solving. Parker also served as Associate Dean for Law Library and Information Technology and served as Law Library Director.

Parker's higher education administrative experience was enhanced by a year spent as a Fellow of the American Council on Education (2012-2013) in a leadership development program that included an extended placement in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at Arizona State University. As an ACE Fellow Parker examined a wide range of topics relevant to large public universities engaged in very high levels of research; visited the campuses of more than two dozen higher education institutions, foundations, state agencies and non-profits around the country. She also worked on special projects for the UNM Office of the President.

Parker teaches Wills and Trusts, Advanced Legal Research, and International Legal Research at UNM Law. She also taught Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Research as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law.

Parker has received national awards for publications on the subject of open access to legal scholarship and faculty status for academic librarians. She is a recipient of UNM Law's Keleher & McLeod Professorship in recognition of her teaching, scholarship and service (2008-2010).

She serves as an accreditation site inspector for the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and worked as a research attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Albuquerque in 2004.

Book Chapters and Contributions

Implementing Effective Legal Research Pedagogy in Contemporary U.S. Law Schools: Challenges and Opportunities, in Boulder Statements on Legal Research Education: The Intersection of Intellectual and Practical Skills (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.: Buffalo, NY) (2014).

Academic Libraries: Looking Toward the Future, in Academic Librarianship (contributing editor) (Neal-Shuman Publishers, Inc.: New York City 2010).

The Impact of New Technology on Librarianship, in The Changing Role of Academic Librarianship: Leading Librarians on Teaching Legal Research Skills, Responding to Emerging Technologies, and Adapting to Changing Trends, 111-23 (Inside the Minds Series; Aspatore Books: Boston 2008)

Scholarly Articles

How Law Schools Benefit When Academic Law Librarians Write, Teach and Hold Faculty Status, 30(3) Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 237-53 (2011)
Available at: SSRN

Tenure Advice for Law Librarians and Their Directors, 103:2 L. Libr. J. 199-217 (Spring 2011).
Available at: SSRN

The Need for Faculty Status and Uniform Tenure Requirements for Law Librarians, 103:1 L. Libr. J. 7-38 (Winter 2011) (winner of the "AALL LexisNexis® Call for Papers Open Division Award" for 2010).
Available at: SSRN

Leadership Development Programs for Academic Law Librarians, part of a special issue entitled, “Our Commitment to Building Leaders: Programs for Leadership in Academic and Special Libraries”), 49(8) J. Lib. Admin. 881-85 (2009).
Available at: SSRN

Institutional Repositories and the Principles of Open Access: Changing the Way We Think About Legal Scholarship, 37 New Mexico L. Rev. 431-77 (2007) (recipient of the Outstanding Article Award for 2008 from the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries). SSRNbepressDSpace

Note, Should the Michigan Supreme Court Adopt a Non-Majority Vote Rule for Granting Leave to Appeal, 43 Wayne L. Rev. 345-74 (1996).

Other Publications

Legal Education for All (or More Than Just Lawyers), Commentary, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 9, 2013

The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education: Signature Pedagogy (co-author) (2010)

The Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education (co-author) (2009),.
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A Few Remodeling Projects Make Major Impact: The University of New Mexico School of Law Library's new reading room, reference desk, and classroom reflect the library as a vibrant activity hub (8th Annual Architectural Series), AALL Spectrum, 20-21 (May 2008).

Legal Resources on the Internet (Part I), 82:5 Mich. B. J. 40-41 (2003).

Legal Resources on the Internet (Part II), 82:6 Mich. B. J. 44-46 (2003).

Digest of Michigan Probate Opinions, 22: 4 Mich. Prob. & Est. Plan. J. 71-79 (Summer 2003).

Digest of Michigan Probate Opinions, 22: 2 Mich. Prob. & Est. Plan. J. 27-35 (Winter 2002).