Dean, University of Illinois College of Law | Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the premier public research university in the State of Illinois, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Law.

As the chief academic and executive officer of the College, the Dean has primary responsibility for faculty and professional staff development, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular issues, fundraising, and facilities development.  The Dean will provide innovative and visionary leadership to position the institution as national and international leaders across its areas of strength while enhancing key partnerships and collaborations across campus.  The Dean will be a strong advocate and spokesperson for the College both on campus and with external partners, alumni, and stakeholders. The Dean’s priorities will include fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, valuing the contributions of all faculty, staff, and students. The Dean will possess nationally recognized scholarly credentials and a demonstrated commitment to research, teaching, outreach, and equal opportunity.  The Dean must also be an accomplished academic leader with a thorough understanding of the financial issues that face a complex College at a state university.  The Dean will also have a demonstrated ability to attract and retain a diverse and eminent faculty, student body, and staff.  The Dean reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost and sits on the Council of Deans. This full-time, 12-month appointment has a negotiable start date with salary commensurate with experience.  The Dean should possess a J.D. or equivalent degree(s), and a record of distinguished achievement in scholarship, research, and teaching that would warrant appointment as a tenured Full Professor at the University of Illinois.

About Illinois Law:  With a nationally renowned faculty, a rich and diverse curriculum, and the expansive resources of a world-class, comprehensive research university, Illinois Law features a first-rate academic program designed to prepare students to excel in their future professional careers. The College has signature strengths in the interdisciplinary study of law.  Research programs include criminal law, corporate law, family law, health law and policy, and law and social science.  The College launched four new clinics in the last five years, including the First Amendment Clinic (Fall 2023), the Immigration Clinic, the Medical Legal Partnership, and the Veterans Legal Clinic. The College also has an innovative and award-winning Chicago Program.  Faculty hold joint appointments across Medicine, Genomic Biology, Government Public Affairs, Philosophy, and Psychology and are actively funded through the NIH, NSF, and other highly competitive organizations.

About the University of Illinois: Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty have earned 23 Nobel Prizes, two faculty and 18 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners, and faculty and alumni are well-represented in prestigious national academies. The University has a long tradition of shared governance and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is a leader in access for students with disabilities, being the first to provide disabilities access to all campus programs, facilities, and services. Visit for more information.

Inquiries, Nominations, and Applications: The University of Illinois has retained the executive search firm Korn Ferry. Inquiries, nominations, and/or the below required application materials (in separate PDFs) should be sent directly to Dr. Josh Ward at [email protected]  Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled, but applications will begin to be reviewed on February 27, 2023.

  1. An up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae.
  2. A brief (2-4 pages) letter of interest describing why you are interested in the role of Dean of the College of Law at the University of Illinois, why you would be successful based on your professional experience, why now is a good time for you to consider this opportunity, and how you are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Josh Ward, PhD, MPhil
Senior Client Partner, Korn Fery Education Practice

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