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Dean of the School of Law

Position Deleted on 1/23/2009. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Missoula, MT
Executive - Deans - Law and Legal Studies
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
The School of Law at The University of Montana is seeking a Dean to provide leadership for its dynamic programs. The Law School is at a defining moment as it begins the second century of its distinguished history. As it prepares to move into a new, state-of-the-art facility, the University seeks a dean to lead an energetic and talented law faculty committed to an innovative curriculum, including required clinics, a first year law firm program, small first-year sections, and courses merging theory and practice. The Law School is fortunate to be in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West with plentiful outdoor and cultural opportunities. The small size of the student body, combined with a committed faculty and staff, ensures a quality and personalized learning experience. As Montana's only law school, the Law School enjoys a close connection to the Montana bench and bar.

Position Description
The Dean of the School of Law will report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serve as an Academic Officer alongside deans of the other schools and colleges that comprise the University. Together, their collective efforts provide a unique educational experience through the integration of liberal arts, graduate study, and professional training with international and interdisciplinary emphases, making The University of Montana a world-class institution of higher education.

The essential functions of the Dean include:
  • Providing intellectual leadership to faculty to foster curricular and programmatic innovation, both in the Law School and across campus
  • Refining and implementing a vision for the future by working collaboratively with the faculty, staff, students, and the Montana community

    Leading efforts to:
  • Strengthen the Law School's commitment to preparing students for the people-oriented practice of law
  • Achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service thereby enhancing the regional and national reputation of the Law School
  • Attract, recruit, and retain the best faculty, staff, and students
  • Strengthen emphases on Indian Law and Natural Resources and Environmental Law/Land Use Planning
  • Broaden the Law School's commitment to clinical legal education
  • Engaging in ongoing collaboration and consensus-building efforts within the Law School community
  • Representing the Law School in building lasting relationships with the campus community, the Montana Bench and Bar, alumni and local, state, tribal, and national constituencies
  • Raising necessary funds from multiple sources to achieve strategic goals of the Law School
  • Managing and overseeing the personnel and budget processes of the Law School
  • Fostering continuing development of a positive and collegial academic community
  • Promoting equity and inclusion for faculty, staff and students with a strong commitment to diversity
  • Executing Law School affairs in accordance with federal, state and local statutes, accreditation principles, standards and requirements and Board of Regents and University policies and other commonly accepted higher education standards and practices

    About The University of Montana and Missoula
    The University of Montana, a research-oriented, doctorate-granting institution, enrolls more than 14,000 students (including 2000 graduate students) from across the country and around the globe. Surrounded by a stunning landscape, UM is a magnet for top-notch faculty and researchers. The University recently concluded a capital campaign that raised more than $100 million in private funds for facilities, scholarships and endowed chairs--more than any Montana educational institution has ever acquired in a campaign.

    UM is located in Missoula, a northern Rocky Mountain city that lies at the center of five valleys where three great rivers converge. Located between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Missoula boasts a blend of small-town charm and big-city sophistication. Its thriving art and cultural scene is paired with an impressive array of retail, medical, banking, education and transportation services. The surrounding areas offer abundant recreational options such as hiking, biking, skiing, hunting, rafting, fly-fishing, and bird-watching, among many others. As a result, this ground-breaking opportunity affords an unparalleled quality of life.

    The successful candidate will hold a Juris Doctor degree, or its equivalent, from an ABA accredited school of law, and provide evidence of the following qualifications:
  • Significant achievement in private or public practice of law and/or in legal education in an academic context
  • Administrative experience including personnel supervision and financial administration
  • A professional record suggesting a high probability of being tenured in the School of Law based on demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and/or service
  • Strong communication and consensus building skills
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity

    Application process
    Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning December 22, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates must submit a detailed letter of application addressing the above-referenced essential functions and qualifications, a current curriculum vita, and a list of five references complete with contact information. Materials may be transmitted electronically (preferred) or by mail to:

    Dr. Perry Brown, Chair
    Law Dean Search Committee
    Office of the Provost
    The University of Montana
    Missoula, MT 59812
    Tel. (406) 243-4689; Fax (406) 243-5937

    In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

    Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternative format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans' preference in accordance with state law.

    References in addition to those listed on the application may be contacted with notice, but without applicant's prior approval.
  • The University of Montana is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ preference in accordance with state law
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