Texas Tech University

Wendy-Adele Humphrey

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Brock Professor of Law; Director of Assessment; Director of Texas Tech University Pre-Law Academy

Email: wendy.humphrey@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4446

A proud graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, Associate Dean Wendy-Adele Humphrey has been a faculty member since 2007. She earned her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. She then earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Texas Tech University. After graduating from law school, Associate Dean Humphrey joined a civil litigation firm in Amarillo, where she later became a partner. Licensed in both Texas and New Mexico, she focused her litigation practice on commercial law, personal injury law, and appellate law. She is also a trained mediator.

Associate Dean Humphrey's research focuses generally on women's decision-making rights and gender equity, and her articles have been published in journals such as the Cardozo Law Review and the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Embracing her passion for the topic of gender equity, she is a former chair of the Texas Tech President's Gender Equity Council and a former chair of the Law School's Gender Equity Task Force. She is also a founding member of the Texas Tech Women Full Professors Network.

She serves as the Director of the TTU Pre-Law Academy, which is a rigorous summer program for undergraduate students, and is member of the nationally ranked Legal Practice Program at Texas Tech Law. For her outstanding teaching and leadership, she has received numerous university-wide awards including:

  • 2014 Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching;
  • 2017-18 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award (the highest teaching honor given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members);
  • 2018-19 President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award;
  • 2019-20 TTU Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award;
  • 2021-22 President's Excellence in Teaching Award; and
  • 2021-22 President's Excellence in Gender Equity Award.

Associate Dean Humphrey has coached various negotiation teams over the years, including the ABA negotiation team that won the international negotiation competition in 2010. For her dedication to advocacy competitions as both a coach and administrator, she received the Law School's 2018 D. Murray Hensley service award. At the national level, she serves on the ABA Arbitration Competition Committee and previously served on the ABA Negotiation Competition Committee.

Additionally, Associate Dean Humphrey was the 2019 Chair of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and under her leadership, the section received the AALS Section of the Year award. She is the 2022 Chair of the AALS section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs & Research, and she also serves on the AALS Sections Committee. Further, she is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and currently serves on the organization's Board of Directors. She is also an active member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).

Associate Dean Humphrey is active in a variety of bar organizations. Locally, she is a past president of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. At the state level, she served as an at-large director on the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) Board of Directors from 2018-2021 and received a Presidential Citation in 2021. For her extraordinary service to the State Bar of Texas, she also received the 2016-2017 Judge Sam Williams Award. In addition, she is a former member of the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, a past president of Law-Focused Education, Inc., and a former director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association. She is a fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

In the Lubbock community, Associate Dean Humphrey is a past president of the Lubbock Junior Women's Club and is a sustainer in the Junior League of Lubbock. She also served as the finance advisor for the Texas Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta for eight years and now serves on the alumnae board. Additionally, she is a former member of the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the South Plains and is currently a wish granter for Make-A-Wish North Texas. In 2020, she received the YWCA Women of Excellence Award, honoring her for achieving excellence in her profession and for making contributions to the community.

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  • B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, Westminster College
  • M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, summa cum laude, Texas Tech University
  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law


  • Externships
  • Legal Practice I
  • Legal Practice II