Sarah M.R. Cravens

Sarah M.R. Cravens

Title: Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives & C. Blake McDowell Jr. Professor of Law
Office: Buchtel Hall 106
Phone: 330-972-2332
Fax: 330-972-8699
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Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives & Professor of Law Sarah Cravens has been with The University of Akron since 2005. In her role as Vice Provost, Cravens will oversee the Williams Honors College for the Fall 2017 semester and step into the role of Interim Dean of the College in January 2018. In the Office of Academic Affairs, she also works on a wide array of matters regarding international students, scholars and programming, as well as academic planning, accreditation, and leadership. She earned her A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University, her M. Phil from Cambridge University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, where she was Senior Articles Editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review. Having previously served as Director of Faculty Research & Development as well as Assistant Dean for Global Engagement, she served as Interim Co-Dean of Akron Law from 2016 to 2017. Professor Cravens teaches Torts, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, and Judicial Ethics, as well as study abroad courses in Japan and South Korea on Global Issues in Tort Law & Cross-Border Practice. Her areas of scholarly interest include the judicial role, legal ethics, and theology & law. Her recent publications address a wide range of aspects of the judicial role, including issues related to impartiality, conscience, wisdom and international and comparative approaches to regulation of the judiciary in the pursuit of public confidence. Prior to joining The University of Akron School of Law, Cravens was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in products liability litigation. She has been admitted to the bar in both Oklahoma and the District of Columbia.



  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA
  • M.Phil., Classics, Cambridge University (Pembroke College), Cambridge, UK
  • A.B., Classics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ