Associate Dean for Student Learning and Assessment
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Columbia University
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Associate Dean Tommy Sangchompuphen holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University, an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.
In his role as the Associate Dean for Student Learning and Assessment, Associate Dean Sangchompuphen is responsible for initiatives that promote the retention and advancement of law students throughout the curriculum. He utilizes knowledge and skills in educational philosophy and research, student and instructor interrelationships, advising and counseling, and learning and study strategies to implement academic support services essential to law students’ academic success, learning experience, and bar passage.
He also helps with the design and implementation of the law school’s assessment activities focused on student learning and success in the J.D. program. He analyzes findings from these assessment activities and reports back to the law school and University administration on areas where student remediation and institutional improvements can be made. He was named the Sandra C. Ruffin Distinguished Professor of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Prior to joining Duncan School of Law, Associate Dean Sangchompuphen began his academic career as an assistant professor and later as Assistant Dean for Student Learning and Outcomes at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, where he developed, directed, and taught in the school’s academic success and bar preparation programs. As an administrator, he worked directly with faculty and senior administration to create and implement a comprehensive bar passage program and develop appropriate assessments and evaluations to measure students’ learning.
Since 2000, Associate Dean Sangchompuphen has written and edited several books designed to improve students’ performance on the bar exam, including the primary course materials for BARBRI’s Essay Advantage courses in several states. He has also been involved with bar exam essay and performance test instruction in several states.
He is a member of the Minnesota bar.