Steven R. Probst, Associate Dean for Library Services

Steven R. Probst, Associate Dean for Library Services

Valparaiso, Indiana, May 10, 2017 – Valparaiso University Law School Associate Professor of Law Librarianship and Assistant Dean of Students, Steven R. Probst was recently named Associate Dean for Library Services.

In his new role, Dean Probst will be responsible for the strategic and operational planning of the Law Library, ensuring that library information services support and enhance the mission of the Law School in supporting students, faculty, and alumni.

Dean Probst brings more than 15 years of Law Library and Valparaiso University Law School experience to the position. He has served in several critical roles at Valparaiso University Law School including; Director of the Academic Success Program, Assistant Professor of Law Librarianship, Educational Services Librarian, Law Library Professional Specialist, and Reference Assistant. He has also taught multiple legal research courses at the law school.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the library that first sparked my interest in law librarianship and that has such a long history of service to students and faculty. I am dedicated to ensuring that our legal research curriculum retains its stellar reputation and hope to more fully embrace our role in supporting nearby alumni and the local bar.”

Dean Probst received his B.A. from Valparaiso University in 1990 (Cum Laude), his J.D. from Valparaiso University Law School in 2002 (Magna Cum Laude), and his Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2005. Dean Probst is a member of Beta Phi Mu (International Library & Information Studies Honor Society), a 2004 recipient of West’s Excellence in Law Librarianship Scholarship, a 2003 recipient of AALL/LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, the author of several published publications, and a frequent national presenter discussing legal writing and research and law librarianship.

Dean Probst is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, and the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries for which he is a past president. He has also served on several Valparaiso University committees and task forces, and the Hilltop Neighborhood House Board of Directors, demonstrating his commitment to leadership and service.



Founded in 1879, Valparaiso University Law School is the 38th oldest American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school in the United States. A Midwestern school committed to diversity and service, Valparaiso University Law School attracts students and faculty with broadly different backgrounds and perspectives. They are natural leaders who are called to the law to help people and serve society as a whole. Valparaiso Law established its legal clinic in 1967, and was among the first law schools to serve the public through legal clinics that provide low-cost or no-cost representation by licensed law students. This commitment to practical education is reflected in an innovative curriculum, introduced in 2013, that supports a broad range of career options within the legal profession.