From an email message which I received earlier today:
The University of Mississippi (www.olemiss.edu) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law.
The University of Mississippi School of Law (http://law.olemiss.edu/) was established in 1854 and is the first and only public law school in the state. The School of Law has a record of hiring and retaining distinguished faculty and nationally recognized scholars and attracting highly qualified students. The School is known for its academic rigor, its eleven clinic programs including the Mississippi Innocence Project and the MacArthur Justice Center, three academic concentrations, and eight law journals. In 2016, The National Jurist magazine named the University of Mississippi School of Law among the top 25 nationally for practical training available to students. Supporting the School’s strong commitment to academic and scholarly excellence is an endowment exceeding $23 million. In the fall of 2010, the School of Law relocated to a newly constructed state-of-the-art, 120,000 square-foot facility. Accredited by the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, the School is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
The Dean is responsible for long-range strategic planning, advancing faculty research and scholarship, encouraging student achievement, fundraising, and promoting and expanding external and alumni relations for the School. In addition, the Dean represents the School within the University and represents the School of Law and the University with external constituencies. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean supervises more than 30 full-time and part-time faculty members, 65 staff members, and approximately 375 students.
Candidates must hold a Juris Doctor or equivalent, and should have an exceptional record of teaching and scholarship or should have an equivalent exceptional record in the practice of law, in the legal profession, or in a comparable professional setting, proven leadership skills, demonstrated administrative skills, and fundraising abilities. In addition, candidates should possess: strong interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to promote faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and service; the skill to develop and implement high-level strategic plans; a track record of effective fiscal management experience; demonstrated ability to generate external resources; and a commitment to fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
One hundred and sixty-eight years after opening its doors as the state's flagship university, The University of Mississippi is a growing, vibrant institution that offers nationally ranked academic and research programs. Within the last 12 years, the university has produced five Goldwater Scholars, one Rhodes Scholar, four Truman Scholars, 11 Fulbright Scholars, three Udall scholars and two Gates Cambridge Scholars. The state's first public university to house a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the University attracts promising young scholars with a litany of new programs including the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Ranked among the nation's top public research universities by several measures, The University of Mississippi is home to more than 30 research centers and is designated an R1: Research Universities (highest research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford (www.oxfordms.com), in the rolling hills of north Mississippi, 80 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. A city of approximately 21,000 residents, Oxford is a vibrant university town filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and historic landmarks.
Starting salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
ANTICIPATED STARTING DATE: July 1, 2017
Nominations and expressions of interest in submitting an application should be forwarded to:
Search Committee for Dean of the School of Law
Dr. David D. Allen, Chair
School of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 1848
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-7267; Fax (662) 915-5118
A complete job description is available online at https://jobs.olemiss.edu. Applications must be submitted online at this site and must include: (a) letter of interest, including a statement of how the candidate satisfies the position qualifications listed above; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) names, addresses, and phone numbers of five professional references.
The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate application pool has been established. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI IS AN EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.