Touro College invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean and Professor of Law for the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Touro Law Center, located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College and University System, a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College is an independent institution of higher education under Jewish auspices, established in 1970 to transmit and perpetuate the Jewish heritage, as well as to serve the general community in keeping with the historic Jewish commitment to intellectual inquiry, the transmission of knowledge, social justice, and service to society. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Consistent with the College’s mission, Touro Law Center provides a diverse student body a rigorous, innovative, and immersive path towards becoming practice-ready professionals committed to promoting social justice and serving the needs of their clients and communities with compassion and integrity. Touro Law Center has approximately 486 students and loyal and committed worldwide alumni network of 6,500. Touro Law Center is one of two law schools on Long Island, an area of almost three million people, within a one hour drive to New York City.
Touro Law Center was selected for a leadership role in New York State’s Justice for All program. Touro Law Center is the only law school in the region that has partnered with the courts, legal services corporations, and the local bar association to create the nationally recognized Community Legal Help Project which serves residents of Suffolk County in their neighborhoods, residents who would not otherwise have access to legal assistance. Touro Law Center faculty and students are in the community and are contributing significantly to help close the justice gap.
Touro Law Center seeks its sixth dean who is a visionary and decisive leader to build on the school’s history of excellence and innovation in legal education. The next dean will have the exciting opportunity and responsibility for overseeing a planned campus expansion including the Law Center’s new student housing and Clinic/Public Advocacy buildings as well as welcoming the Touro College Schools of Health Sciences and Graduate Education to the Central Islip campus in the fall of 2020. This initiative includes not only the capital construction, but opportunities to build innovative and meaningful inter-disciplinary educational programs, research initiatives, and community outreach, as well as actively co-leading a “Campaign for the Future” with the dean of Touro’s School of Health Sciences. In addition, the next dean will continue the Law Center’s commitment to student-centered education including assessment throughout the curriculum and the program of legal education.
The new Dean will engage effectively with all Touro Law Center’s stakeholders, including faculty, alumni, students, staff, community partners and donors. The Dean must possess the academic and professional credentials to engender respect from the academy, the state university system and the community at large. The new Dean must understand the challenges of modern legal education and locate new opportunities for educational innovation while also developing the Law Center’s unique strengths. The Law Center’s recently launched Flex-JD program, and commitment to post-JD education in the area of aging and longevity are two such examples. Touro Law Center’s experienced and dedicated faculty members are eager to work with a leader who is energetic, creative, supportive, and able to inspire the Law Center’s diverse and eclectic community.
The successful candidate will, at minimum, possess a J.D. degree or its equivalent and will have an outstanding record of accomplishment in the legal academy and/or in the practice of law that warrants appointment as a tenured Professor of Law. In addition to a record of academic and professional accomplishment, the successful candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to service to the legal profession and the public, and will offer a proven record in fundraising as well as in management or administration suitable for appointment as Dean. Ideally, the Dean will display both a successful record as a faculty member and evidence of leadership experience in higher education. The successful candidate will have the academic and professional experience that will enhance the reputation of the Law Center and enjoy the support of the faculty, students, alumni and members of the bar and the bench.
The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, expressions of interest, or applications and they may be sent to Werner Boel, LL.M., Sheila Murphy and Veena Abraham J.D. the Witt/Kieffer consultants assisting Touro Law Center with this search, at TouroLawDean@wittkieffer.com. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references. This search will be conducted with respect for the confidentiality of candidates; references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidate. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application before April 8, 2019. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Search Committee. The dean is expected to join the Touro community in the summer of 2019.
Touro College and University System is committed to providing all persons equal opportunity in education and employment, and to ensuring a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment in compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), the New York State Education Law, and other applicable laws. It is the policy of the College to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment and in the administration of College programs, services, activities, and admissions on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.