Jack Wade Nowlin serves as a Senior Associate Dean. His primary responsibilities are faculty development, strategic planning, and special projects. He directs the Law School’s academic workshop program and works with faculty and staff in a number of areas.
Nowlin joined the UM faculty in the summer of 2000. At Princeton University, Nowlin was an Alpheus T. Mason Fellow in Public Law and a lecturer in Constitutional Interpretation. At the University of Texas School of law, Nowlin was a Townes-Rice Scholar and an articles editor of the Texas International Law Journal. He was also selected for membership in the Chancellors Honor Society and is a member of Order of the Coif.
He has taught courses on constitutional law, jurisprudence, criminal procedure, criminal law, and academic legal writing. Nowlin has been selected twice as UM Law Professor of the Year–in 2006 and 2012. He has also served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College for over a decade and taught Fourth Amendment law to trial and appellate judges.
Nowlin has written over thirty articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His major research interests concern judicial power, interpretive theory, and constitutional structure.
His articles and book reviews have appeared in journals such as Vera Lex, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, the Kentucky Law Journal, the Mississippi Law Journal, the Law and Politics Book Review, National Review, Touchstone, City Journal, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society’s Practice Groups, and the World & I.
Nowlin’s chapters have appeared in books such as That Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution (Princeton University Press, 2004), Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary Liberal Political Theory and Its Critics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2nd Edition, 2003) and Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism (Lexington Books, 2009).
His service activities include organizing the Law School’s Constitution Day and Martin Luther King Day events each year and serving on the speakers and faculty scholarship committee. Nowlin also advises the Mississippi Law Journal and works with students who are writing articles for publication in the Journal and elsewhere. He received the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service in 2011.
Nowlin became the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the fall of 2012 and a Senior Associate Dean in the summer of 2015.