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Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Richard Fossey is the Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and his doctorate in education policy from Harvard University. He has written extensively on the student loan crisis and blogs on this topic at He is Editor of Catholic Southwest, a journal of Catholic history and culture in the American Southwest.


  • 2012–present
    Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 2010–2012
    Mike Moses Endowed Chair in Educational Administration, University of North Texas
  • 2006–2012
    Professor, University of North Texas


  • 1993 
    Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. Degree
  • 1980 
    University of Texas School of Law, J.D. Degree
  • 1974 
    University of Texas, M.A. Degree
  • 1970 
    Oklahoma State University, B.A.


  • 2015
    An honest but unfortunate debtor is entitled to sleep at night without worrying about unpayable student loan debt (co-authored with Robert C. Cloud), Teachers College Record
  • 2015
    Fossey, R. (2015). Lions for the Faith: The Knights of Columbus Battle the Bogus Oath in Texas During the Second Rising of the Ku Klux Klan, Catholic Southwest
  • 2015
    School uniforms and the First Amendment: Legal challenges and policy issues (co-authored with Todd A. DeMitchell),
  • 2015
    Tidings of comfort and joy: In an astonishingly compassionate decision, a bankruptcy judge discharged the student loans of an Alabama school teacher who acted as her own attorney (co-authored with Robert C. Cloud), Teachers College Record
  • 2015
    Fossey, R. (2015). Commonwealth v. Copney: Does a murder suspect have a constitutional right to privacy in his Harvard girl friend’s dormitory room? , Teachers College Record
  • 2015
    Corporal punishment in Texas schools: Data from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights Show Texas educators are making significant progress toward eliminating a harmful disciplinary practice (co-authored with Kerri Prejean & Mitzi Trahan), Teachers College Record
  • 2015
    Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law (3d Edition) (co-edited with Suzanne Eckes),
  • 2014
    Facing the student debt crisis: Restoring the integrity of the federal student loan program , Journal of College and University Law
  • 2014
    Roth v. Educational Credit Management Corporation: A judicial turn toward compassion and common sense (co-authored with Robert C. Cloud), Education Law Reporter
  • 2014
    Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues (co-authored with Todd A. DeMitchell),
  • 2014
    Medlock v. Indiana University: A university is sued after suspending a student who was caught growing marijuana in his dorm room, Teachers College Record
  • 2013
    Broussard, J., Williams, T., Broussard, M., Fossey, R., & Slater, R. (2013). Corporal Punishment in Southern schools: Good news, bad news, and news that’s pretty ugly, Teachers College Record
  • 2011
    Occupy Wall Street needs a clear objective: How about bankruptcy relief for overburdened student-loan debtors? , Teachers College Record
  • 2011
    From the cone of uncertainty to the dirty side of the storm: A proposal to provide student-loan debtors who attended for-profit colleges with reasonable access to the bankruptcy courts (co-authored with Robert C. Cloud), Education Law Journal
  • 2010
    Sexual orientation and the public school teacher (co-authored with Todd A. DeMitchell and Suzanne Eckes), Boston University Public Interest Law Journal

Professional Memberships

  • Education Law Association, Texas Catholic Historical Association


M. A. McGhehey Award for outstanding service to the Education Law Association (2014) Carlos Eduardo Castaneda Award for meritorious service to the Texas Catholic Historical Society (2013)