Richard Moberly, a faculty member since 2004, will serve as interim dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Moberly has been associate dean for faculty at the college since 2011.
Dean Susan Poser announced last week she has accepted the position of provost at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
"There is tremendous energy and momentum at the college as a result of Dean Poser's excellent work over the last five and a half years," Moberly said in a news release. "I look forward to working closely with the faculty and staff to continue the school's progress and upward trajectory."
Moberly received the College Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2007, and was voted Professor of the Year by upperclass law students in 2006 and 2011.
He worked as an attorney with McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP in Atlanta and holds a bachelor's degree in history from Emory University and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review.
He has researched and written extensively on whistleblower protections and the law of secrecy, and has twice been named by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
A national search for a permanent dean will begin next fall.