Dean, School of Law
The University of San Francisco invites applications and
nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Law to begin in the
2013-2014 academic year.
The University of San Francisco
University of San Francisco is recognized nationally and internationally as a
premier Jesuit, Catholic, urban University with a
global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and
just world. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional
students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and
professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for
Established as San Francisco’s first institution of higher
education in 1855, the University of San Francisco presently serves over 10,000
students in Arts and Sciences, Education, Law, Management, and Nursing and
Health Professions. The University is recognized as one of the most ethnically
diverse institutions in the country, and in 2009 it was ranked as one of the
top 100 universities considered to be “Saviors of our Cities.” In addition, the
Corporation for National and Community Service has placed the University on the
President’s Honor Roll for six years in a row, and the Carnegie Foundation for
the Advancement of Teaching has classified USF as a community-engaged
institution. The U.S. News & World Report
ranks USF sixth most successful in graduating low income students, and the Washington Monthly’s National University
Ranking rates USF 48th based on its contribution to the public good.
The Law School
Founded in 1912, the University of San Francisco’s School
of Law is celebrating 100 years dedicated to pursuing the highest level of
legal education, scholarship, and service in the pursuit of justice through its
diverse, vibrant, and welcoming community. The School of Law is fully
accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. It offers full-time and
part-time (evening) J.D. degree programs and a concurrent JD/MBA degree program,
as well as LL.M degrees in International and Comparative Law and in
Intellectual Property and Technology Law. The School’s Center for Law and
Global Justice, McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology
Law, and Center for Law and Ethics sponsor research programs, speakers and
symposia, and provide a range of student opportunities, including clinical
offerings and access to global internships.
The faculty, with 33 full-time members, has been
transformed over the last 15 years with the appointment of 20 entry-level and
lateral professors. This influx has bolstered the School’s long tradition of
excellence in both teaching and scholarship. The dynamic faculty, among the
most diverse in the nation, is collegial, productive, and engaged in teaching,
scholarship, and service across a wide array of legal fields – locally,
nationally, and globally.
With 671 students, the School of Law’s student body
is among the top ten most diverse in the nation, according to U.S. News
& World Report. The curriculum offers innovative programs
that prepare students for the changing roles of lawyers in today's world and
the increasing globalization of law practice. The School fosters a collaborative and supportive
learning environment and provides students with the ethical and practical
skills to succeed as professionals.
The School of Law prides itself on producing skilled, ethical
professionals, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Its loyal network of
alumni include approximately 300 judges, as well as partners in law firms,
business leaders, government attorneys, and public interest lawyers. Through a committed Board of Counselors and Board
of Governors, alumni are engaged in and support the School’s on-going
The USF School of Law website can be viewed at http://www.usfca.edu/law/.
Duties and Responsibilities
Dean serves as the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the
School of Law. The Dean reports to the Provost/Academic Vice-President and
serves as a member of the Provost’s Council and the President’s Leadership
Team. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Professor of Law with
tenure. The Dean oversees 33 full-time faculty, approximately 67 adjunct faculty,
and 51 staff members. In addition, the Dean:
- As an executive officer of the
University, envisions future trends, challenges, and opportunities in higher
education and, in particular, legal education, and how USF can lead the way.
- Engages in innovative curriculum and
program development to meet the demands of a transforming legal market.
- Provides leadership and vision to the
School of Law; works with faculty to create an academic, cultural, and physical
environment conducive to scholarship, intellectual vitality, and learning; and establishes
and nurtures a supportive diverse work environment.
- Promotes the inclusive Vision, Mission
and Values of the University as a Jesuit Catholic institution through the
activities and programs of the School of Law and works with other University
administrators to assure the well-being and success of the University and the School.
- Ensures the quality of academic
programs, faculty, and students; prepares and administers the School of Law’s
annual budget; carries out strategic planning in collaboration with the School’s
community; recommends appointment, promotion, and tenure to the Provost; and
promotes faculty development and excellence in teaching and research.
- Oversees and spearheads the School of Law
Development and Alumni Relations Office in cooperation with the University’s
Advancement Office, recognizing that gathering resources and outreach to alumni
are critical for the School’s future and one of the Dean’s primary
- Supports the continuous improvement of
the School of Law through program review, assessment, and institutional
University is searching for a visionary leader who will build on the School of
Law’s strengths to reach new levels of educational innovation and scholarly
achievement and impact. The University
seeks a proven leader in the field with a distinctive record of achievement.
The candidate should demonstrate:
- Understanding of, commitment to, and
ability to promote the Vision, Mission, and Values of the University.
- For academic applicants, an
established record of superior university teaching, scholarship, and
distinguished university, professional, and community/public service sufficient
to merit appointment as full professor of law with tenure. (This qualification
applies only to academic applicants, not non-academic applicants. Applications
from non-academics are also welcome.)
- Administrative leadership,
vision, innovation, and a record of increasing experience and responsibilities in
a diverse environment characterized by collegial management, mentorship,
inclusive decision making, and effective communication skills.
- Ability to create and nurture a supportive environment that utilizes
transparent processes to foster intellectual vitality, creativity, student
learning, and outstanding teaching, research, and service.
- A demonstrated commitment to and record of serving
students (understanding, listening and being sensitive and responsive to their
needs and concerns) and active participation in student activities and events
that encourage social, professional, and intellectual growth and development.
- Commitment to affirmative
action, social justice, and diversity in all its forms; experience in supporting,
promoting, and implementing the learning opportunities offered by a diverse
- Experience with and
commitment to fostering international perspectives in the curriculum and
promoting global experiences for students, faculty, and staff.
- Ability to establish a
visible presence and to represent the School of Law nationally in the legal
academy, the practicing bar, among San Francisco Bay Area stakeholders, alumni,
and the general public.
- Understanding of the
changing legal market and the initiative to explore its implications for the
structure of legal education generally and the School of Law in particular.
- Commitment to continuing and
building a proactive fundraising program that supports the School of Law’s
growth, financial stability, and the University’s Vision, Mission and Values.
- Ability to work effectively
with the University across all schools/college, the University’s Trustees, and
as a member of the University’s Leadership Team.
nominations, and applications are invited (no calls please). Candidates should
send a CV and a cover letter describing their interest in the position and
commenting on their background in the context of the qualifications described
above. The names of five references should be provided with email and telephone
contact information, and identification of your professional relationship to
each reference. All materials should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials
that must be mailed can be sent to
649 Mission Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105-4128
The Committee will review applications as
received and will continue until a selection is made. Applications should be
completed as soon as possible but no later than December 15th, 2012.
Inquiries or candidate nominations should be directed to Ana
Karaman, Vice Provost and Dean Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com, or to Michelle Travis, Professor of Law, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university
founded in 1855 to educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just
world. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to work in a culturally
diverse environment and to contribute to the mission of the University.
USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action
and to excellence through diversity. The University welcomes all applicants,
regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
national origin, age, or disability, and provides accommodations to qualified
applicants with disabilities upon request.