Associate Dean Megan Wischmeier Shaner Awarded Presidential Professorship

April 17, 2019 | By Melissa Caperton, Director of Communications
OU President James L. Gallogly, OU Law Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship Megan Wischmeier Shaner, and OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper at the university’s “A Tribute to the Faculty,” held April 16, 2019.

OU President James L. Gallogly, OU Law Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship Megan Wischmeier Shaner, and OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper at the university’s “A Tribute to the Faculty,” held April 16, 2019.

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NORMAN — Megan Wischmeier Shaner, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at the OU College of Law, was awarded the President’s Associates Presidential Professorship, which recognizes “faculty members who excel in their professional activities and who relate those activities to their students.”

Shaner was honored Tuesday at the university’s “A Tribute to the Faculty” awards ceremony.

“Dean Shaner is an accomplished scholar and devoted educator who exemplifies the very best in faculty excellence,” said OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “Her expertise in business and corporate law fosters an environment where students are challenged yet unequivocally supported in their pursuit of learning. Her extraordinary scholarship extends her influence beyond the College of Law. She is incredibly deserving of this honor.”

Presidential Professorships at OU are awarded for a four-year term. According to the selection criteria, Presidential Professors inspire their students, mentor their students in the process of research and creative scholarly activity within their discipline, and exemplify to their students (both past and present) and to their colleagues (both at OU and within their disciplines nationwide) the ideals of a scholar through their endeavors in teaching; research and creative scholarly activity; and professional and university service and public outreach.

Shaner joined the OU Law faculty in 2011, where she teaches courses in business associations, contracts, corporate drafting and unincorporated business entities. Her scholarly interests lie in the areas of business associations (corporations, agency and partnerships, alternative entities), corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional law.

She has authored articles in the William & Mary Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, the Georgia State University Law Review, The Journal of Corporation Law, the University of Hawaii Law Review and The Business Lawyer. She also has authored chapters in each of the Research Handbook on Mergers & Acquisitions and the Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation.

In 2018 she was named Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at OU Law, where she provides support for faculty scholarly work and teaching.

Prior to joining academia, Shaner served as a senior associate at Richards, Layton & Finger PA in Wilmington, Delaware. While in private practice, she focused on litigation, as well as advisory and transactional matters, relating to Delaware corporations and alternative entities. She also advised and represented corporations, officers, directors, board committees, stockholders and investors on matters involving the Delaware General Corporation Law and related issues of fiduciary duty arising in a wide variety of transactional and operational contexts, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, defensive planning, capital-raising transactions and stockholder meetings.

Shaner earned her bachelor’s degree from Drake University and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as an editor of the Iowa Law Review.

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