Part of a comprehensive research university, Georgia State Law is a dynamic urban-centered law school located in the heart of Atlanta with approximately 650 full- and part-time law students. We encourage applications from candidates who would diversify our faculty. Georgia State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an equal opportunity educational institution and an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Dean of the College

The College of Law seeks a bold and dynamic dean who will build on the strong foundation and leverage the positive momentum at the college in the further pursuit of academic excellence, innovation and community.

As the college’s academic leader, the dean reports directly to the university’s senior vice president of academic affairs and provost and serves as a member of the Deans Council and the Administrative Council. The dean serves as a liaison between the college’s programs and the university as well as works collaboratively with other deans and administrators throughout the university. The dean manages the resources including personnel and finances to achieve the College of Law’s mission.

Key areas of responsibility for the dean include the following:

  • Academic Quality: The dean ensures that rigorous academic programs continue to attract students, create justice-oriented legal professionals and scholars, and propel graduates into successful legal careers.
  • Strategic Planning: The dean will develop and implement a new strategic plan that builds on the college’s strengths, enhances its reputation, and does so in a financially responsible manner. The college is operating under its Strategic Plan, 2014-2020.
  • Faculty Hiring and Mentoring: The dean provides substantive leadership in recruiting and retaining highly talented faculty members as well as encouraging their on-going growth and development.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: The dean values diversity and works to recruit and make the college a welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Fundraising: The dean effectively communicates the strengths and excellence of the College of Law to alumni and other potential donors in order to expand and create new development opportunities for the college.
  • External and University Relations: Serving as the face of the College of Law to all external entities including media, the dean strengthens ties with internal and external constituencies and develops new relationships to benefit the college in the Atlanta community and beyond.

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The dean should demonstrate the following experiences and skill sets:

  • A strong understanding of legal learning and educational institutions, particularly law schools. Also has an informed perspective on the changing legal marketplace and a sense of the implications on the future of the legal profession and law schools.
  • Ability to build upon an existing strategic plan as well as develop a new ambitious plan, gain buy in from its constituencies, and implement it effectively.
  • Proven fundraising experience or demonstrated potential to attract financial support and other resources to support the mission of an institution. Excellent recruitment skills and the ability to attract, mentor and retain exceptional students, faculty and staff.
  • Solid financial and resource management skills. Adept at assessing budgetary and personnel needs and allocating resources to support the strategic goals of the college and the university.
  • An effective advocate for diversity and inclusion who understands the needs and challenges of underserved populations.
  • Strong academic credentials including a juris doctor.
  • A record of teaching and scholarship that meets the standards for appointment to the law faculty as a full professor with tenure. The achievement of the highest level of distinction in one or more areas relevant to the legal profession will also be considered for candidates outside of academe.

  • Strategic Leader – Adapts to the opportunities and challenges afforded by new trends in legal education and the legal profession and provides innovative and effective direction.
  • Collaborator – Demonstrates the ability to lead the college in a collaborative manner, including a deep understanding of academic governance and a commitment to transparency.
  • Relationship Builder – Possesses the skills necessary to maintain and develop relationships with all of the constituencies of the College and the ability to create new and productive relationships. Comfortable and effective with alumni, law firms, corporations, foundations, government officials and a range of potential donors.
  • Skilled Communicator – Possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to persuasively advocate internally and externally for the college.

  • Passion for students and legal education
  • Professional integrity and high ethical standards
  • Warm and engaging interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity

Georgia State University will be assisted by Ellen Brown Landers and Tracie Smith of Heidrick & Struggles. Initial review of applications will begin immediately. Provide a letter of interest and a CV for consideration. Email submissions are preferred.

Georgia State University
Dean, College of Law Search Committee c/o Heidrick & Struggles Inc.
1180 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 2610
Atlanta, GA 30309
Telephone: 404-682-7316
Email: gsulawdean@heidrick.com

Open Tenure-Track Position

Georgia State Law seeks applicants for one open-rank tenured or tenure-track position beginning fall 2017. Having already appointed two exceptional candidates with expertise in Law and Neuroscience (“Neurolaw”) – one in psychology and one in philosophy, Georgia State seeks to appoint a third scholar with expertise in this field. To qualify for appointment in the College of Law candidates must hold the J.D. at the time of application and demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research.

The successful applicant will play a key role in building the university’s Neuroethics/Neurolaw Program, and so a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration with other relevant departments is critical. Applicants should send a letter of interest, including research statement and a CV with a list of references, directly to the chair of the search committee, William A. Edmundson, Regents’s Professor of Law and Philosophy, at wedmundson@gsu.edu. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Georgia State, a research university of the University System of Georgia, is committed to serving a diverse student body, and is an AA/EEO Employer. Qualified women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The college seeks diversity. Offer of employment will be conditional on background check.