Dean, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law | Little Rock, AR

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) invites applications for the position of Dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law. Bowen’s mission is guided by three core values – access to justice, public service, and professionalism. The law school’s rigorous curriculum aims to balance theory, skill development, and experiential learning. Students have numerous opportunities to assist faculty with academic research and public service, such as with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the new Bowen Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform. The School of Law seeks a dean to build on the school’s achievements and lead Bowen Law to a new level of excellence.

UA Little Rock, classified as a “doctoral/research” institution by the Carnegie Foundation, is Arkansas’s premier metropolitan university and enrolls approximately 8,000 full- and part-time students. In addition to the J.D., the university offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees across more than thirty departments in four degree-granting colleges. For more information about the law school, interested persons should visit the law school’s website – This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

The law school seeks a dean committed to our core values of public service, professionalism, and access to justice and our vision to:

  • Provide a high-quality and affordable legal education;
  • Lead faculty and staff to maximize ranking in the community of law schools;
  • Produce legal scholarship that betters the state, the nation, and the world;
  • Build upon and expand our collaborations within UA Little Rock, with state leaders, and with national and international organizations;
  • Provide service to central Arkansas, the state, the country, and the world;
  • Lead national legal education in the areas of legal writing, training law students to be practice-ready, law teaching, law school assessment, and law school curriculum design;
  • Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.

Candidates should have a J.D. degree; a distinguished record of professional achievement; and a demonstrated capacity for effective administration leadership, successful fundraising, intellectual leadership, and collaboration in a legal academic setting. Candidates should manifest strong and effective communication skills.

All applicants must submit applications through the UA Little Rock’s online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available on the Human Resources’ website at Candidates should provide a letter of application describing their interest and qualifications for the position, current vita, transcripts and five references.

The search committee will accept applications until December 1, 2022. Interviews may take place before this date. If you have any questions about the position or wish to nominate an individual, please email Paula Casey, Chair of the Search Committee at [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an application in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.