Boston University School of Law - Associate Dean for Equity, Justice & Engagement

13 Oct 2023 10:17 AM | Madalyn Wasilczuk (Administrator)

Boston University School of Law, a top-tier law school with an international reputation, is a community of leading legal scholars, teachers, students and alumni, dedicated to providing one of the finest legal educations in the world. Since our doors opened in 1872, we have admitted and enrolled accomplished students to our program regardless of their race, gender, and religion. The breadth and depth of our curriculum and scholarship as well as our innovative spirit are distinctive in U.S. legal education.

Boston University School of Law is seeking an exceptionally qualified and experienced candidate to serve as a faculty member and Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Engagement.

This position is a full- time position at the rank of Associate Professor of Law, tenure track; Professor of Law, tenured; or Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor with a presumptively renewable contract, depending on the candidate.

In addition to teaching a one-course teaching load, the Associate Dean will oversee, coordinate and expand all the programs and initiatives related to equity and inclusion at the School of Law. We expect that specific initiatives will evolve in response to the strategic goals that the successful candidate develops in consultation with the Dean and other senior leaders; at present, we anticipate that the Associate Dean will: (1) oversee and organize the curriculum and programs that will make the School of Law compliant with ABA Standard 303(c), including both existing and new elements; (2) oversee the School of Law’s ASPIRE (Antiracist Scholars for Progress, Innovation, and Racial Equity) Program which is a collaboration with the BU Center for Antiracist Research; (3) propose new faculty recruitment & retention initiatives and new student admission strategies designed to enhance representation of faculty and students from historically underrepresented groups, and collaborate with senior administrative leaders on implementing these initiatives; (4) develop and provide and/or organize inclusive pedagogy and classroom climate training programs for faculty, staff, and students; (5) chair the “Classroom Climate Committee” and oversee surveys and other tools for obtaining feedback about equity and inclusion from students; (6) develop intellectual life initiatives designed to foster open, vibrant, and pluralistic debate about legal issues related to equity and inclusion among faculty and students and other key issues for society; (7) collaborate with the Office of Student Affairs on programming related to student well-being and equity, diversity, and inclusion and serve as a resource for student-led affinity groups and individual students from historically underrepresented backgrounds; and (8) collaborate with the Associate Dean and faculty whooversee and manage the School of Law’s Academic Enrichment and Success Program on issues related to equity and inclusion.  

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor

How to Apply:


Candidates must satisfy the tenure or other applicable requirements for Boston University School of Law and should have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, effective teaching, active service, and a record of inclusion. Applicants should send a letter of interest and a C.V. as soon as they are able to the Faculty Appointments Committee at Applications are being reviewed immediately and on a continuing basis, with priority given to those who submit prior to November 15, 2023. All open faculty positions are pending budgetary approval.

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