Georgia State University (GSU), an extremely diverse R-1 research university located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, seeks a bold and dynamic leader to serve as dean of the College of Law. GSU invites inquiries, nominations and applications for this exciting opportunity to be part of a forward thinking and thriving institution. Georgia State is one of the most diverse universities in the nation, and the College of Law encourages applications from minorities, women and other diverse candidates.
Throughout its history, Georgia State Law has been a leader in innovative legal education. The College of Law offers outstanding programs and hands-on learning opportunities. Surrounded by business, government, nonprofit and cultural organizations, Georgia State Law provides a vibrant environment for gaining practical experience and engaging in interdisciplinary research. Located in a new, seven-story state-of-the-art facility on the GSU campus, the College of Law is committed to providing an excellent and affordable legal education to a diverse student body and promoting legal scholarship and service that advances the legal profession and the communities it serves.
Our faculty and students work on the cutting edge of law practice, theory and technology, which drives our dynamic curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes an intensive, practice-based approach with creative opportunities for hands-on learning. Georgia State Law is committed to providing broad access and tuition affordability for more than 700 students enrolled in both full-time and flexible part-time programs. The College of Law has over 70 full-time faculty members who deliver a rigorous program of study that prepares students to enter the worlds of law, business and government at the highest level. More information is available at www.law.gsu.edu.
National Jurist has consistently placed the College among the top 5 "Best Value" law schools, and GSU law school graduates have among the lowest debt. U.S. News & World Report ranks the part-time program as No. 10 in the nation and the College’s Center for Law, Health, and Society as No. 2 in the nation. The faculty’s impressive scholarly quality and productivity led to an invitation to form an Order of the Coif Chapter in 2016, making it one of just nine schools to receive a Coif invitation since 2000.
Georgia State Law seeks a dean who will build on the strong foundation and leverage the positive momentum at the College of Law in the further pursuit of academic excellence, innovation and community. As the College’s academic leader, the dean reports directly to the University’s Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and serves as a member of the Deans’ Council and the President’s Administrative Council. The dean serves as a liaison between the College’s programs and the University and works collaboratively with other deans and administrators throughout the University. The dean manages the resources including personnel and financial to achieve the College of Law’s mission.
In addition, the dean will provide leadership and strategic vision, work well in a collaborative decision-making environment with associates and key constituencies, and have demonstrated organizational and management skills to lead path-breaking legal education. The dean will nurture high-quality research, teaching, and diversity as important components of academic excellence. The dean will also have proven fundraising experience or demonstrated potential to attract financial support and other resources. The dean will possess a J.D. or foreign equivalent and a record of teaching and scholarship that meets the standards for appointment to the law faculty as a full professor with tenure. We will consider candidates with a demonstrated record of exceptional accomplishment outside of academia.
The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, expressions of interest or applications (letter of interest and full curriculum vitae). Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application before November 27, 2020. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Search Committee. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Werner Boel, LL.M. and Veena Abraham, J.D., the WittKieffer consultants for the GSU College of Law dean search, at GSUlawdean@wittkieffer.com
Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.