Dean Search Announcement

Dean Search Announcement

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) invites nominations for the position of Dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law. The School of Law seeks a dean to build on the school’s achievements under former Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz and move the law school forward.

The law school seeks a dean committed to our core values of public service, professionalism, and access to justice and our vision to:

  • provide a high-quality and affordable legal education;
  • produce legal scholarship that betters the state, the nation, and the world,
  • build upon and expand our collaborations within UA Little Rock, with state leaders, and with national and international organizations;
  • provide service to central Arkansas, the state, the country, and the world; and
  • lead national legal education in the areas of legal writing, training law students to be practice-ready, law teaching, law school assessment, and law school curriculum design.

The dean of the School of Law provides leadership in all aspects of the school’s operation. The dean reports to the provost and works collaboratively with the University’s other deans, the provost, and the chancellor to develop and implement the law school’s and University’s strategic plans and institutional goals. 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:

  • Build on the unique advantages of the Bowen School’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 school’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. Candidates should manifest strong and effective communication skills.


Candidates should provide a cover letter describing their Interest in and qualification for the position, along with a curriculum vitae and names and contact information for five references. Electronic submission of materials in PDF format is preferred. For more information about the law school, interested persons should visit the law school’s website.

If you have questions prior to your application, or if you would like to suggest or recommend an applicant for the position, please contact Kelly Anne Rigby.

All applications must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open until filled, but applications submitted before September 15, 2017 are strongly encouraged.

Material that cannot be submitted online may be sent to:

Kelly Anne Rigby
William H. Bowen School of Law
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
1201 McMath Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202

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. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to public disclosure. The person hired must have proof of legal authority to work In the United States.

This position will be subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. 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. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.