Assistant Professor of Law & Director of Academic Success
B.A., Virginia Intermont College; J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law; M.P.A., Ed.D., Tennessee State University
|Prior to joining Belmont University College of Law as the Director of Academic Success and as an Assistant Professor of Law, Dr. Tracey Carter was the Director of Tennessee State University’s (TSU) Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance, where she served as TSU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Affirmative Action Officer, Diversity Contact to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Title VI Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504 Co-Coordinator. In addition, Dr. Carter served as the Director of TSU’s President’s Fellowship Program and as a member of TSU’s President’s Fellowship Program Advisory Committee.
Dr. Carter has extensive legal experience as a paralegal and as an attorney. She was a Litigation Paralegal for the law firm of Penn, Stuart, Eskridge & Jones in Abingdon, Virginia as well as a Paralegal Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. Dr. Carter also served as a Law Clerk for the General Civil Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee as well as a Summer Associate for the law firms of Neal & Harwell in Nashville, Tennessee and Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell in Knoxville, Tennessee. Immediately following law school, Dr. Carter was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Marietta Shipley (Retired Judge) in the Davidson County Second Circuit Court in Nashville, Tennessee. Following her judicial clerkship and immediately prior to working at TSU, Dr. Carter was an Assistant Attorney General for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.
Dr. Carter received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Paralegal Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Virginia Intermont College, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she made Dean’s List four out of six semesters and served on the Moot Court Board as well as a National Moot Court Team member. She also exhibited superior academic excellence at TSU, where she received her Master of Public Administration degree and her Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Her published dissertation is entitled “Ascension to the American College Presidency: A Study of Female Presidents of Public Universities and Community Colleges in Select Southern States.” Dr. Carter is also a Harry S. Truman National Scholar for the State of Virginia.
Dr. Carter is a member of the Tennessee bar, is a member of the Napier Looby Bar Association, is a Rule 31 Tennessee Supreme Court Listed General Civil Mediator, and has served in the past as a certified Adjunct Graduate Faculty member at TSU where she taught Educational Law to graduate students. Dr. Carter teaches Torts and Constitutional Law.
Ascension to the American College Presidency: A Study of Female Presidents of Public Universities and Community Colleges in Select Southern States (2010) (Ph.D. dissertation), available at ProQuest Dissertation and Theses: AAT 3389299.
Panelist, Judicial Clerkships, Belmont University College of Law’s Office of Career Services’ Lunch and Learn (March 21, 2013).
Presenter, Balancing Act, Belmont University College of Law’s Women’s Law Students Organization (November 1, 2012).
Presenter, How to Become a Better, Effective Leader, Tennessee State University’s Leadership TSU (October 20, 2012).
Panelist, Tips for Success: How to Survive Law School 101, Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers 2nd Annual Law Students Conference, (October 13, 2012).
Presenter & Moderator, Reading and Briefing Cases; Note Taking; Course Outlining; Time and Stress Management; Study Skills; and Exam Skills, Belmont University College of Law’s Academic Success Program (Workshops, 2011 – Present).