Professor Ann Killenbeck rejoined the faculty in 2003. She previously served as co-director and director of the Legal Research & Writing Program, overseeing a major restructuring of the program from 1988 to 1992 before leaving to pursue further studies. Professor Killenbeck holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska and her Ph.D. in public policy and higher education from the University of Michigan.
She served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice William C. Hastings of the Nebraska Supreme Court and taught legal writing at the School of Law for four years, while running the continuing legal education program and serving as interim director of alumni relations.
At the University of Michigan, Professor Killenbeck focused on legal and policy issues in higher education with a dissertation that was one of the first studies to assess the impact of affirmative action programs on student outcomes. This study garnered considerable attention, and she was invited to participate in a number of major national conferences. Professor Killenbeck was one of a small number of people to participate in the May 1997 conference on Diversity & Higher Education, sponsored by the Harvard Civil Rights project. The conference helped shape the litigation strategy pursued by the University of Michigan to defend its admissions systems and the litigation that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark opinions in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003).
Professor Killenbeck was a participant in a roundtable, entitled Understanding the Difference Diversity Makes: Assessing Campus Diversity & Tolerance Initiatives, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was a research associate in a number of major grants and studies, including one that developed retention models for participating Historically Black Colleges in the Third Black College Program sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts.
Professor Killenbeck worked as a research associate in the Office of the Provost at the University of Michigan, where she helped plan and deliver a major orientation session for tenure-track faculty. She also worked in University Relations at the University of Arkansas, where she assisted the chancellor in a number of projects, including a Title IX self-study and a university proposal to locate the Clinton Presidential Library on campus.
Professor Killenbeck holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska and her Ph.D. in public policy and higher education from the University of Michigan.