Michelle D. Mason
Senior Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, Student Development & Outreach
and Interim Director, Center for Professionalism and Ethics
B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden
Senior Associate Dean Mason joined the College of Law as founding Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services in 2001. Mason’s responsibilities include the supervision of enrollment management operations (admissions, financial aid and registration), the student development areas (student affairs, career planning and placement) as well as oversight for the law school’s various student outreach programming and pipeline initiatives.
Prior to joining the FIU College of Law, Mason worked as Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment at Phillips Exeter Academy, Associate Director of Admissions at Seton Hall Law School and Director/Assistant Dean for Admissions at Vermont Law.
In the fall 2010, Mason was tapped to serve as the interim and founding director for the FIU Law Center for Professionalism and Ethics. The Center is dedicated to advancing research in the domain of ethics and to training individuals to embrace professionalism through accountability and a spirit of service to the community.
Mason has served on numerous committees including the Florida Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Ethics Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair) and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Student Services (Chair). Currently, she co-chairs the FIU Fostering Panther Pride Initiative, a college success program for former foster care students and the Algebra Project/Miami Council, an advisory board dedicated to assuring that Miami students have the ability and opportunity to fully access quality educational programs.
The strategic leveraging of civic engagement opportunities is a common thread in Mason’s work. As principal investigator, she secured a national grant and directed the 2010 Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)Summer Institute. In 2013, Mason founded the Math and Civics Summer Institute which provides instruction for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from the Liberty City community.
Mason has received recognition and awards for her work, including being named as a National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism Fellow (2011), one of South Florida’s Top 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals (2012), selection to attend the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education “Art and Practice of Leadership Development” Program (2012) and designation as the Florida Bar Association’s 2013 Law Faculty Professionalism Award recipient.
Dean Mason earned both her B.A. in English Literature and J.D. from Rutgers, The State University.