The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law.
Little Rock is the capital city and largest metropolitan area in Arkansas, boasting extremely affordable housing, many cultural attractions, and close proximity to extensive natural and recreational areas.Â The Bowen School of Law is located in recently revitalized downtown Little Rock, close to the state capitol, the federal, state, and county courthouses, the largest law firms in the state, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.Â Housed in a spacious 150,000 square foot building that was completely renovated in 1992, the law school is situated on the east side of historic MacArthur Park, a large urban park containing the Arkansas Arts Center and the MacArthur Museum of Military History, within the historic Quapaw Quarter.
UALR, classified as a â€śdoctoral/researchâ€ť institution by the Carnegie Foundation, is Arkansasâ€™s premier metropolitan university and enrolls approximately 13,000 full- and part-time students.Â In addition to the J.D., the university offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees across more than thirty departments in seven degree-granting colleges.
Founded in 1975, the School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.Â It offers both a full-time day and a part-time evening program of legal education to a student body of approximately 450 students, with a permanent teaching faculty of 25 full-time members and a number of well qualified adjunct faculty.Â Both the faculty and student body are racially, geographically, and economically diverse.Â The law school offers seven concurrent degree programs, two with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and one with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.Â The latter, a JD/MPS, is the only concurrent degree of its kind in the United States.
The law schoolâ€™s faculty members are productive scholars who make significant contributions through research and service to the state, the nation, and the world.Â The law school is home to the faculty-edited Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, the traditional student-edited publication, the UALR Law Review, and the on-line Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service initiated by interested students in 2012.Â From the law schoolâ€™s founding, the faculty has supported a comprehensive curriculum and has long been a leader in the development of applied skills education.Â Faculty and students have numerous close connections with the bench and bar.Â The dual UALR/Pulaski County Law Library, serving and funded by both the law school and the county bar association, is one outstanding example of these connections. For more information about the law school, interested persons should visit http://ualr.edu/law/
The School of Law seeks a dean who will help the school build on its achievements and take the next steps forward.Â The dean of the School of Law provides leadership in all aspects of its operation and supports and maintains the law schoolâ€™s mission.Â Reporting to the provost, the dean works collaboratively with the other deans, the provost, and the chancellor to develop and implement the law schoolâ€™s and Universityâ€™s strategic plans and other institutional goals.Â The law school has dedicated tuition and state funding, as well as substantial budget and fiscal autonomy from the University.
The successful dean candidate will be expected to:
- Build on the unique advantages of the Bowen Schoolâ€™s location in Little Rock.
- Raise the state, national, and international profile of the law school.
- Represent the law school before the university, alumni, the legislature, and other outside entities.
- Lead major fund-raising efforts, focusing on developing significant sources of private funds and building on existing endowments.
- Enhance the sense of community among faculty, students, administrators, and staff.
- Support the law school’s commitment to diversity.
- Support the law schoolâ€™s core values of professionalism, public service, and access to justice.
Candidates should have a J.D. degree, a distinguished record of professional achievement, and a demonstrated capacity for effective administration, successful fundraising, intellectual leadership, and collaboration in a legal academic setting.Â Candidates should manifest strong and effective communication skills.
Candidates should provide a letter of application (referencing position R99714) describing their interest in and qualification for the position, along with a curriculum vitae and names and contact information for five references. Â Electronic submission of materials in PDF format is preferred.
Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should be submitted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Felecia Epps, at email@example.com. Reference position R99714 in the subject line.
The position will remain open until filled. To be given fullest consideration applications should be submitted before September 15, 2012. Material that cannot be emailed may be sent to Associate Dean Epps at the William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1201 McMath Avenue, Little Rock, AR Â 72202.
This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check.Â A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position.Â Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.Â Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to public disclosure.Â The person hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.