Indiana Tech hires minority dominated faculty

Indiana Tech Law School, which expects to open in Fall 2013, hired its first faculty members — André Douglas Pond Cummings, Victoria Duke, Guadalupe Luna, and Phebe Poydras. The new hires are all minority women, except for Cummings who received his J.D. from Howard University. Peter Alexander, who was previously at Northeastern School of Law is African-American.

Duke and Poydras will both move to the new school from Florida A&M College of Law. Duke is an associate professor of law and teaches in the tort law area. She was most recently a member of the Florida A&M College of Law faculty. She received her J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Poydras received her J.D. from Southern University Law Center and is an assistant professor of law and associate dean for library affairs. She brings with her more than 11 years of law library experience. Luna has been on the faculty at the Northern Illinois University College of Law for the past 20 years, where she has been a professor of law and an internationally recognized scholar in agricultural law, immigration law, landlord-tenant law, property, and voting rights. Cummings will serve as the law school’s chief academic officer. He joins the Indiana Tech Law School faculty after nine years as a member at the West Virginia University College of Law. He received his J.D. from Howard University.

The school expects to hire six additional faculty members during the upcoming academic year.