Rodney Shkolnick graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1955 and began practicing law in Ottumwa, Iowa. He left practice to take a position as a Problems and Research instructor at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor in 1959. Professor Shkolnick joined the faculty of Creighton University School of Law in 1960. He began teaching his signature course, Contract Law, in 1965. For 35 years Creighton students learned contracts and how to think like a lawyer from this beloved professor. Professor Shkolnick became assistant to the dean in 1970 and associate dean in 1971. Seven years later, in 1978, he was named Dean of the Law School and he served in that capacity for ten years. In 1985, Rodney and Lois Shkolnick established the Rodney & Lois Shkolnick Scholarship Fund. In 1994, he was awarded Dean Emeritus status, the most prestigious honor a university can bestow on a member of the faculty and administration.