The University of Memphis is seeking an experienced and innovative individual to be the Dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The School of Law occupies a beautiful historic building in Downtown Memphis overlooking the Mississippi River. The school seeks to build on its excellent reputation while encouraging student success, scholarship, and financial development.

The School of Law
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law provides an affordable, intellectually rigorous, and practice-oriented legal education and promotes student success, research, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, professional responsibility, and justice. The School of Law is most proud of its strong commitment to diversity, its outstanding students, and its state-of-the-art facilities. To learn more please visit

University of Memphis
Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis is nationally-recognized for its academic, research and athletic programs. The UofM educates more than 21,000 students and awards more than 4,000 degrees annually. The UofM is proud to offer the Helen Hardin Honors College is the largest honors college in the state. Additionally, the FedEx Institute of Technology, based at the UofM, is a flagship global research initiative that partnered with the University to secure 19 technology patents in the last two years, including a record 10 in 2017. The prestigious Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, which was listed as having the “Best Law School Facilities” in the nation, had a seven percent federal judicial clerkship rate for the Class of 2017, placing it among the top law Schools in the United States. As the largest Graduate School in the Mid-South, the UofM had four graduate programs ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report while the publication ranked two UofM online programs nationally. The UofM Lambuth with its 57-acre, tree-filled, tranquil campus in Jackson, Tenn., was acquired in 2011. The University of Memphis has a close academic relationship with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including FedEx, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, AutoZone and International Paper, located in the City of Memphis.

The City of Memphis
Memphis is currently listed as the largest city in Tennessee and the 17th largest city in America. Growing from an important 19th century river port, Memphis has become a crossroads with converging highways and railroads, as well as the busiest air cargo airport in North America for the last two decades.

  • Memphis is home to national/international corporate and biomedical research entities including FedEx and FedEx Logistics, AutoZone, International Paper, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Service Master.
  • Memphis recently was ranked third in “Most Affordable College Towns” in Forbes Magazine.
  • Memphis is one of the world’s leading medical research centers, anchored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Memphis is a beautiful and diverse city with low real estate prices and an excellent quality of life. The city is known for its friendly atmosphere, revitalized downtown, and attractions such as Graceland, Beale Street, Opera Memphis, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Zoo, NBA Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers football and basketball teams, National Civil Rights Museum and nationally-recognized theatre companies.
  • Memphis’ place in the history of the Civil Rights Movement is well-known. That legacy has spawned a culture in which issues of race, immigration, social justice and equality are openly addressed and researched. Multiple organizations are working to ease the consequences of these and other social issues within a growing and increasingly multicultural community.


The Position:
The new Dean will have an opportunity to transform the School of Law by developing, articulating, and implementing a shared vision. The Dean of the School of Law must be a visionary leader committed to excellence in research, scholarly productivity, teaching and pedagogy, and service. The Dean will serve as a broker and architect of partnerships within the University and across the larger community to facilitate excellence and encourage innovation. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the capacity to build strategic partnerships, raise funds to support the School and its initiatives, manage budgets effectively, and work collaboratively with a variety of local, state, and national stakeholders.

The Dean provides strong leadership in planning, development, and implementation of all School programs and policies. Specific responsibilities include approval of hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions; effective management of resources; coordination of outreach activities; support of research, including pursuit of external funding; and School development. The Dean has primary budgetary responsibility and accountability for the School and its programs. The Dean plays a leading role in developing and implementing professional programs promoting academic and student success.

The Dean of the School of Law must have demonstrated significant achievement in leadership, scholarly activities, and administration. The Dean should be a transformative change-agent who is committed to shared governance and open communication.

Specifically, the candidates must demonstrate evidence of the following qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor or other appropriate doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education and qualified to hold professorial rank within the School of Law
  • A distinguished record of teaching, research, and scholarship
  • The energy and vision to lead the School of Law in its drive to increase excellence
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for relating effectively with the varied constituencies of the School, University, and the larger community
  • A strong commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • A record of responsible administrative experience and achievements
  • A commitment to excellence in all of the educational programs in the School, to the expansion of student success, research opportunities, and innovative program development
  • Ability to foster a collaborative environment
  • Proven record of successful external fundraising (Preferred)


Applications should include a letter of interest, CV, and full contact information for a minimum of three references. References will be contacted only at the stage of on-campus interviews. Applications are accepted at

A review of applications and nominations will begin on April 8, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

For additional information please contact: Dr. Kandi Hill-Clarke, Dean of the College of Education and Search Committee Chair at