THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI ( invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The University of Mississippi School of Law ( was established in 1854 and is the first and only public law school in the state. The School of Law has a record of hiring and retaining distinguished faculty and nationally recognized scholars and attracting highly qualified students. The School of Law is known for its academic rigor, its 11 clinic programs including the Mississippi Innocence Project, the MacArthur Justice Center, three academic concentrations, and eight law journals. In 2016, The National Jurist magazine named the University of Mississippi School of Law among the top 25 nationally for practical training available to students. Supporting the School of Law’s strong commitment to academic and scholarly excellence is an endowment exceeding $23 million. In the fall of 2010, the School of Law relocated to a newly constructed state-of-the-art, 120,000 square-foot facility. Accredited by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, the School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The Dean is responsible for long-range strategic planning, advancing faculty research and scholarship, encouraging student achievement, fundraising, and promoting and expanding external and alumni relations for the School of Law. In addition, the Dean represents the School of Law within the University and represents the School of Law and the University with external constituencies. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean supervises more than 30 full-time and part-time faculty members, 65 staff members, and approximately 375 students. Candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent and should have an exceptional record of teaching and scholarship or should have an equivalent exceptional record in the practice of law, in the legal profession, or in a comparable professional setting, proven leadership skills, demonstrated administrative skills, and fundraising abilities. In addition, candidates should possess: strong interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to promote faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and service; the skill to develop and implement high-level strategic plans; a track record of effective fiscal management experience; demonstrated ability to generate external resources; and a commitment to fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Compensation: Starting salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated Starting Date: July 1, 2017.

Contact: Nominations and expressions of interest in submitting an application should be forwarded to: Search Committee for Dean of the School of Law, Dr. David D. Allen, Chair, Email:

Application Process: A complete job description is available online at Applications must be submitted online at this site and must include: (a) letter of interest, including a statement of how the candidate satisfies the position qualifications listed above; (b) a Curriculum Vitae; (c) names, addresses, and phone numbers of five professional references. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate application pool has been established. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016. The University of Mississippi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA Employer.