University of Arizona Law School - Dean

19 Feb 2013 8:57 AM | Donna Lee (Administrator)
The University of Arizona invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law.  The Dean is the chief administrative and academic officer of the College of Law and reports to the Provost of the University of Arizona.

Arizona Law is rooted in the Southwest, but nationally preeminent in fostering an intimate and supportive environment for learning and scholarship.  Our renowned faculty - many of whom are leaders in their fields - help students develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundations necessary to succeed in the 21st century.  We are inclusive and collegial, with an inspiring and engaging intellectual community, rigorous standards of excellence, a culture of continuous improvement, and respect for professionalism and public service.

We seek candidates who are committed to scholarly excellence and collaborative governance, who are able to think in progressive ways about innovation, partnerships, and new funding models, and who can articulate, enhance, and implement our vision for Arizona Law as it enters its second century.  Candidates should possess the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, college and university administrators, and colleagues in the local, state, national, and international legal communities, and a personal leadership style that is committed to fostering a community of respect and collaboration that inspires and energizes all Arizona Law constituencies.  Candidates should embrace the entrepreneurial, independent spirit that has long animated those drawn to the West.

Our next dean will have experience that demonstrates the ability to excel in four core areas of leadership:

Academics, including recruitment and retention of outstanding scholars and teachers as well as students, and cultivation of innovative scholarship and curricula;

Management of finances, budget, and personnel during a time when traditional funding models are undergoing rapid and permanent change;

University and Community, including building upon strategic campus partnerships, strengthening relationships with alumni, and leveraging funding opportunities;

Inclusiveness across communities and disciplines, including ensuring that our faculty serve the needs of our increasingly diverse student body and community during a time of structural change in legal education and the legal market, and the increasing globalization of the practice of law.

We are looking for a dean who will lead the College through wisdom in vision, excellence in management, and personal attributes to create an environment where faculty, staff, and students can do their very best work.  Moreover, we seek candidates who will relish being part of the University Senior Leadership Team, which excels in institutional thinking and collaborative interaction - the qualities that historically have proven to advance the University of Arizona as an AAU institution.

Required Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must possess (1) a J.D. or equivalent; and (2) academic or other experience warranting appointment as a full professor with tenure at the College of Law.

Salary and benefits for the position are competitive and negotiable.  We encourage applicants to submit materials by February 1, 2013, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. The Search Committee expects to begin interviews in early 2013, with an appointment effective July 1, 2013. Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Sally Rider, at or 520-626-1637.

Formal applications must be filed on-line.  You can find the dean position (job number 51597) and apply here.

The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA-M/W/D/V Employer.  As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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