MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Professors Shine “Sean” Tu and Elaine Waterhouse Wilson have been appointed to three-year terms as associate deans at the West Virginia University College of Law.
Wilson is the associate dean for academic affairs. She is responsible for curricular oversight and development, student academic achievement, and the college’s compliance with American Bar Association standards.
Tu is the associate dean for faculty research and development. His duties include supporting and increasing faculty scholarship, coordinating guest speakers, endowed lectures and workshops, and leading technology innovation in academics.
“Elaine and Sean are wonderful colleagues, and I am so pleased that they are now on the leadership team at WVU Law,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. "They have distinguished themselves through the excellence of their teaching, service and scholarship. They’ll be fantastic associate deans who will serve the law school, university and legal profession with integrity.”
Wilson joined the College of Law faculty in 2012 and teaches classes in tax law. She was selected Professor the Year by the Class of 2014 and has won the college’s significant scholarship award twice. She is also a former recipient of the WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award.
Prior to teaching, Wilson worked in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady as a partner in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. She was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago for Non-Profit/Charities Law by The Best Lawyers in America. Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree and J.D. in a six-year accelerated program at Boston University.
Tu joined the College of Law faculty in 2011. Among the courses he teaches are copyright law, patent law, genetic property, and food and drug law. Before entering the teaching profession, Tu was an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington, DC, where he was a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Practice and the Life Sciences and Nanotechnology Industry teams.
Tu received the WVU College of Law’s significant scholarship award in 2015. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.