THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT COLUMBIA (“MU”) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and actively contributes to decisions affecting the University of Missouri at large, as well as the law school. The Dean is involved centrally in issues including strategic planning and budgets; hiring faculty and staff; and building a climate of excellence in all aspects of the academic mission. MU, part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. It is an AAU, Doctoral/Research Extensive, and Land-Grant institution with over 35,000 students. MU is located in Columbia, Missouri, one of America’s most livable cities. The School of Law is a full-time J.D. and LL.M.-granting institution, and is home to 37 full-time faculty and approximately 320 students. MU was the first U.S. law school to offer an LL.M. exclusively focused on dispute resolution and consistently ranks as one of the top law schools in that field. The law school is a charter member of the AALS and is fully accredited by ABA. The law school strives to foster a diverse faculty of nationally recognized scholars committed to effective teaching, and to attract a student body with diverse experiences and views. For more information, please see law.missouri.edu.
Qualifications: The Dean should have a distinguished record appropriate to academic appointment as full professor. The ideal candidate is committed to the School of Law’s mission of teaching, research, service, and economic development; is a strong advocate for diversity; and can articulate a compelling vision for the law school’s future. Candidates should have appropriate administrative experience. The Dean will devote a substantial amount of his/her time to development activities. S/he should have the highest standards of personal integrity, be committed to stimulating innovation in the law school, and be able to communicate the law school’s vision to all audiences. The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.
How to Apply: Nominations and inquiries should be addressed to: Chair, School of Law Dean Search, c/o Office of the Provost, University of Missouri, 114 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. Submissions may be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should submit a letter expressing interest, Curriculum Vitae, and other supporting materials, including contact information for at least four references. All communications will be treated in the strictest of confidence. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification. For full consideration, nominations and applications should be received by January 1, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro-Disabled and Veteran Employer.