Kerry Brian Melear, Contributing Editor
Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Mississippi, Dept. of Leadership and Counselor Education
Kerry Brian Melear is Associate Professor of Higher Education. His areas of expertise include college and university legal, financial, and public policy concerns, and he actively publishes and presents in those areas. He teaches courses in higher education law, finance, human resources, and international higher education.
Dr. Melear was honored to receive the University of Mississippi School of Education's Outstanding Researcher Award in 2007, 2010, and 2013.
He has worked as an auditor for a Big Six accounting firm, a research associate with the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, a higher education policy analyst with the Florida Legislature, and a member of the graduate faculty of two universities.
He is a member of the Author's Committee of West's Education Law Reporter, the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Law and Education, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. He has previously served as a Regional Reporter (state higher education cases) for the School Law Reporter, and was for seven years the editor of The College Administrator and the Courts, a quarterly publication briefing legal cases of interest to university attorneys, administrators, and legal researchers. Along with Richard Fossey and Joseph Beckham, he is a co-editor of the second edition of Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law.
Dr. Melear is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association. He is also the Education Law Association's Director of Membership for the State of Mississippi, and is a former member of the Advisory Board of the University of Mississippi's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Board of Directors of the Oxford-Lafayette County Literacy Council.