- McKinney School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
In 2005, Susanah "Susie" Mead became the first woman in the history of the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis to become dean of the school. She served in this role for two years, during which time she oversaw daily administration. Mead also created the law school's first diversity plan and appointed the school's first Diversity Council. She is now a professor of law emeritus at the university.
Mead's role as dean of the law school was not her first administrative role at IUPUI. She joined the faculty in 1978 as a lecturer in the legal writing program. From 1980 to 1981, Mead directed the School of Law's legal writing program. From 1997 to 2004, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Mead's research interests are products liability and tort law, and her articles examining issues in constitutional tort law and products liability law have appeared in national law journals. After she graduated from law school in 1976, Mead clerked for the Honorable Paul H. Buchanan Jr., Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, from 1976 to 1978. Her articles examining issues in constitutional tort law and products liability law have appeared in national law journals.