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Neal H. Hutchens

Professor of Higher Education, University of Mississippi

Neal Hutchens serves as Professor and Chair in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Mississippi. Neal previously held a faculty appointment at Penn State University. His research focuses on legal issues in higher education. He was the 2015 recipient of the William A. Kaplin Award from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law.

Neal’s scholarship has appeared in publications that include the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Journal of College and University Law, Counselor Education and Supervision, Kentucky Law Journal, West's Education Law Reporter, Journal of Law and Education, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Neal is on the editorial board for The Review of Higher Education and for Education Law & Policy Review and is a member of the authors' committee for West's Education Law Reporter. He also serves on the Litigation Committee for the American Association of University Professors. Neal is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is also a part of the author team—along with William A. Kaplin, Barbara A. Lee, and Jacob H. Rooksby—for the sixth edition of The Law of Higher Education.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of Education, University of Mississippi
  • 2013–2016
    Associate Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University


  • 2007 
    University of Maryland, Ph.D.
  • 2002 
    University of Alabama, J.D.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors
  • Education Law Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education