In memoriam: Dr. Paul Weber

Dr. Paul J. Weber joined the University of Louisville faculty in 1976  and was the first Senior Fellow of the McConnell Center, where he is also the namesake of the Weber Lounge inside of the McConnell Center in the Ekstrom Library.

Dr. Weber taught undergraduate and graduate courses in judicial process, constitutional and administrative law, religion and politics, political leadership and American government at UofL for over 30 years. Additionally, Dr. Weber mentored hundreds of pre-law students during his tenure. He was known for his breadth of leadership roles while at UofL, where he served as political science chair as well as the executive director of the Grawemeyer Awards on top of his leadership in the McConnell Center.

He was the winner of many prestigious awards, including the Grawemeyer Instructional Development Award (1984) and the Trustees Award (1990). In December 2005, Dr. Weber was awarded UofL's highest honor, the Minerva Award. Dr. Weber published six books in his lifetime alongside dozens of manuscripts in his areas of expertise. He was well-known for co-authoring articles and books with his students, both undergraduate and graduate.

His legacy lives on at the University in the form of the Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes outstanding departmental teaching or curriculum design at UofL. There is also an award in his name, the Paul J. Weber Fellowship for Mentoring Excellence, which provides graduate scholarships in law or public policy students who demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring.