Biography of the Provost
After ten years as Dean of IU Bloomington’s Maurer School of Law, Lauren Robel became Provost of Indiana University Bloomington in 2012. Appointed by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Robel took office as Provost while simultaneously serving as President of the Association of American Law Schools.
Among her chief responsibilities during her first year was facilitating one of the largest academic transformations in IU Bloomington history: the recommendations of the New Academic Directions report, which called for several new schools and interdisciplinary programs including global, online, and student success initiatives.
Her present focus is the development of a campus strategic plan to ensure a third century of academic excellence at Indiana University Bloomington.
Provost Robel is the Val Nolan Professor of Law, and her research areas include federal courts and federal civil rights. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at the school, including the Leon Wallace Teaching Award, the Trustees Teaching Award, and the Gavel Award from members of the graduating class. Her public service has been recognized by the Indiana State Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Publico Award, and the Indiana State Bar Women and the Law Recognition Award.
Robel received a B.A. in English from Auburn University and a J.D. from Indiana University.