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Fellows of the Association Award

Ann H. Franke - 2005

Ann Franke is Vice President for National Issues and Chief Knowledge Officer for United Educators Insurance Reciprocal Risk Retention Group. Previously, she served as Counsel for the American Association of University Professors; Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Washington, DC; and as an Associate in the Washington, DC law firm Sobol & Trister. She received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

For many of her colleagues, Ms. Franke is one of the leading experts on faculty employment issues. Her myriad journal articles, treatises, and white papers focusing on such issues as academic freedom, tenure, faculty rights and responsibilities, and post-tenure review are legendary, and have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Change Magazine, Trusteeship, the Review of Litigation, and Trustee Quarterly (among others). She is the editor of the NACUA compendium, Employment Discrimination Training for Colleges and Universities: Resources for Developing Internal Programs for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators. She also is the primary author of Good Practice in Tenure Evaluation, a report produced jointly by the American Council on Education, United Educators, and AAUP. In the four years since it was initially published, more than 10,000 copies have been downloaded from the ACE website.

Ms. Franke’s participation in and contributions to NACUA have been equally as extensive and generous. Her work over the years has educated an entire generation of NACUA lawyers. She is a frequent speaker at NACUA workshops and annual conferences and has served on the Committee on Publications (one year as Vice Chair) and the Committee on Membership and Member Services.

NACUA is pleased to bestow the honor of Fellow of the Association on Ann H. Franke in recognition of her scholarship and appreciation for her on-going contributions to higher education, the profession, and the practice of law.