College of Law Dean Search

Dean, College of Law

Willamette University College of Law, a nationally renowned, private law school located in Salem, Oregon, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Law.  Established in 1883, the law school is part of Willamette University, which was the first university in the western United States.  Situated on the university’s beautiful, historic campus in the heart of Salem, the state capital, the law school is steps away from both the state Capitol and Supreme Court.

The chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Law, the Dean reports directly to the President of the University and serves as a senior member of the university leadership.  Applicants for the next Dean should be accomplished leaders who are committed to building a vibrant, intellectual community dedicated to excellent scholarship, teaching, and research.  Candidates should bring a strategic vision for enhancing the law school’s national academic profile and a demonstrated ability for developing the financial resources for building the school’s professional standing.  The next Dean should be a skilled administrator, a successful fundraiser, and an uncompromising catalyst for the long-term growth and development of the institution.

Candidates should have a J.D. degree, a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, and a demonstrated capacity for effective administration, successful fundraising, and intellectual leadership in a legal academic setting.  Candidates should further be able to build and maintain relationships with a variety of constituencies, including donors, alumni, and members of various national and regional legal communities.

This position is anticipated to begin in the early summer, 2013.  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, along with a curriculum vitae and names and contact information for at least five references, either electronically or by mail to:

Prof. Norman R. Williams
Chair, Law School Dean Search Committee
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-370-6190
lawdean2012@willamette.edu

To be given fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than October 1, 2012.  While finalists will be subject to customary reference and other background checks, all applications, as well as nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest, shall be treated confidentially. 

For more information, please visit www.willamette.edu/wucl/dean_search/


Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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