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Dressler named Distinguished University Professor

June 27, 2014 | Faculty

Already recognized as a Distinguished University Lecturer and Scholar, Professor Joshua Dressler has earned another distinction among The Ohio State University’s academic community – Distinguished University Professor.

Dressler, the Frank L. Strong Chair in Law, was honored with the university’s highest professorial title after he was nominated by Dean Alan C. Michaels for his internationally recognized work in the field of criminal law and procedure as well as his dedication to educating students.

The prestigious designation recognizes faculty who have been with the university more than five years and have demonstrated exceptional records in teaching, research, scholarly or creative work and service during their tenure. No more than three faculty are designated distinguished university professors in a given year.

Recipients of the permanent, honorific title also receive a grant to support their continued academic work and automatically become members of the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee.

“Professor Dressler is – without exaggeration or hyperbole – the country’s leading academic authority in the field of criminal law, and amongst the leading figures in criminal procedure. He is the leading scholar in one of the law’s five or six most fundamental fields,” Michaels said. “Professor Dressler is also a gifted and devoted teacher. He was named a Distinguished University Lecturer at Ohio State in 2005, and won awards for effective teaching during his time with the McGeorge School of Law, Wayne State University Law School and Hamline University School of Law. He is sought out by other leading law schools around the country, having taught as a visitor at Berkeley, Michigan and Texas, to name a few. At Ohio State, he is well-known for being extremely accessible to his students and was a pioneer in using electronic communication methods to allow student-teacher contact outside of class time.”

Over the course of his career, Dressler has published seven books and authored more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters, which have been published in both the United States and United Kingdom.

Dressler has an extensive service record which includes serving as a member of the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and on advisory or editorial boards of several major publishers. He also founded the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, a peer-reviewed publication that features articles written by leaders in the field.

In 2005, Dressler was selected to deliver a University Distinguished Lecture, in which he spoke about criminal law’s treatment of battered women. In 2007 he received the University Distinguished Scholar Award.

Dressler joins Ruth Colker and Gregory Caldeira as law school faculty to carry the distinguished university professor title.