Dean of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law

University of Arkansas

About the University  – Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department
The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities, and a close-knit community that values students. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories, and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 “Best Values in Legal Education” by the National Jurist magazine for five consecutive years. In the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report, the School of Law was included in the list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” ranking No. 42 among public institutions and No. 77 among public and private schools. The School enrolls approximately 400 students.

The Dean will arrive at one of the most exciting times in the history of the School of Law ( The University is in the midst of a $1 Billion capital campaign, scheduled to conclude in 2020 ( Funds raised during Campaign Arkansas will build on advancements during the previous campaign, which included a dramatic expansion of the School of Law buildings and facilities, additional library facilities, state-of-the-art classrooms, a coffee house, a signature courtyard, a Legal Clinic, student journals and organizations, and space for the School’s Graduate Program in Agricultural and Food Law (the first such program in the country).

The School of Law is located on the flagship campus ( of the University of Arkansas system in Fayetteville ( This attractive, culturally vibrant city in the rapidly growing northwest region of the state was ranked No. 5 in U.S. News and World Report March 2016 “Best Places to Live.”

With a regional population of more than 525,000, U.S. News and World Report ranked Northwest Arkansas first among the “20 Best Affordable Places to Live.” The region is home to thriving international corporations including Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services. Located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, the area features many opportunities for outdoor recreation with 70 public parks, 40 miles of trails, and three lakes. The area has a growing number of cultural and art venues, such as the Walton Arts Center, theatres and performance halls, symphonies, and the internationally recognized Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The University is a land-grant institution that offers approximately 82 programs of major study in eight colleges to 27,558 students, is a nationally recognized student-centered research institution, and is ranked 56th in Kiplinger’s list of Best Values. Students compete among the best in the nation with prestigious, nationally competitive awards, including one Gates Cambridge Scholar, two Truman Scholars, two Goldwater Scholars, eight NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, two Fulbright Scholars, and one National GEM Consortium Full Fellowship in 2016.

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Summary of Job Duties
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Law School. The Dean reports to the Provost/ Executive Vice Chancellor. This position is responsible for providing intellectual and philosophical leadership and strategic direction for the faculty, staff and students. The Dean will lead faculty and staff to achieve the vision of the Law School, to include balancing synergies among diverse fields within the college, fostering excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, promoting collaboration with other colleges and schools on campus in support of cross disciplinary and campus wide initiatives, initiating outreach efforts to heighten the visibility and distinctiveness of the college, cultivating an environment commensurate with university goals and fostering a strong commitment to recruitment, development, retention, and graduation.


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