DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean. The individual appointed will succeed Interim Dean Maureen Lally-Green. The previous dean, Ken Gormley, was inaugurated this fall as Duquesne’s 13th President.

About Duquesne University School of Law
Founded in 1911, the School of Law employs around 32 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 400 students. It offers full- and part-time day programs as well as an evening program – all three of which lead to the J.D. degree. Additional courses of study include an LL.M. for foreign lawyers, the Paralegal Institute (recognized as among the best such programs in the nation) and a number of joint degree programs. Since its establishment, the school has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the bench and the bar.

About Duquesne University
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, and describes itself as Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Its Mission Statement commits the university to “serving God by serving students.”

Applicants for the deanship of the School of Law should expect to be asked how they might support and contribute to this mission. Candidates must be eligible to hold a senior tenured appointment in the School of Law, document an outstanding record as a legal scholar and educator, and possess demonstrated administrative and leadership skills. The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of diverse constituencies is also a prerequisite.

Based on a solid record of achievement, the successful candidate will have established a reputation for high personal integrity, honesty and trustworthiness as well as the potential to excel in the following areas:

  • Sustaining and enhancing the rising reputation of the School of Law regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Fostering the academic and professional development of students
  • Supporting members of the faculty in their teaching, scholarship and service
    Leading the faculty in introducing curricular and programmatic innovations that enhance learning
    Monitoring and responding to advances in the field of legal education, both generally and as reflected in ABA and AALS accreditation standards
  • Effectively managing the school’s finances and administrative operations in the context of today’s dynamic and challenging environment for legal education
  • Building and maintaining bridges between the school and the communities that surround it, with special attention to issues of social justice and service to marginalized populations
  • Maintaining and strengthening positive relationships with alumni and alumnae, the bar and the bench


The dean reports to the provost and is a key member of the senior leadership team in Academic Affairs. In this capacity, the dean is expected to collaborate with the Office of University Advancement in raising funds for the university as well as for the school, and to support the university’s commitment to diversity as one of a number of goals articulated in its Strategic Plan.

Duquesne University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse administration, faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community. As a charter member of the Ohio, Western PA and West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples. Motivated by our Catholic and Spiritan identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.

Nominations of well qualified individuals may be directed to search committee chair, the Honorable Maureen Kelly at LawSearch@duq.edu.

Duquesne’s Division of Academic Affairs uses Interfolio to collect electronically all faculty and administrative job applications. Candidates should submit a detailed letter of application that is responsive to this announcement, a current Curriculum Vitae, and the names, relationships to the candidate, and contact information for five references. (References will not be contacted until the final stages of the selection process and even then, only after the candidate has been notified.) Applications should be submitted using this form.

The review of applications will begin on January 6, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.