Dean, University of Maine School of Law
The University of Maine School of Law invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2015. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the Law School, the next Dean will play a key role in developing and implementing a strategic vision for the future of the Law School in a changing legal market.
The University of Maine School of Law has a student body of approximately 275, an intentionally small size allowing for extensive faculty-student contact and fostering a strong sense of community. The Law School provides our students with a rigorous and innovative curriculum that blends traditional theory with diverse opportunities for experiential learning. Students work closely with a talented, collegial faculty that is engaged locally and nationally in both public service and high-level scholarship. The Law School will be recruiting a number of new faculty in the next two years, which will serve to further advance the school’s academic program and reputation. The engaged and supportive alumni base make up a large percentage of the licensed attorneys, judges, political, business, and civic leaders in Maine. The Law School enjoys a close connection to and excellent reputation within the Maine bench, bar and community-at-large, and the right candidate will recognize, appreciate and work to further nurture the strong sense of community that is Maine Law’s greatest strength.
The Law School is located in Portland, Maine, which offers all the cultural and entertainment amenities of any metropolitan area but on a livable scale. The city’s remarkable collection of historic buildings, its picturesque setting on the coast of Maine, vibrant arts district, and traditional working waterfront are all balanced with the ease and friendliness of a small town. The city also offers easy access to Boston, plus the mountains and forests of inland and northern Maine. Portland consistently ranks at or near the top of national lists that evaluate quality of life, and it has been featured recently in Forbes and Time Magazine as a city on the rise. With an exciting music and food scene, three minor league sports teams, and a growing multicultural population, Portland is a gem of the East coast.
The University of Maine School of Law seeks a Dean with a successful track record of administrative and fiscal leadership experience and one who possesses the vision, energy, and determination to lead the school. The successful candidate will be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader who can bring diverse stakeholders together to enhance and build on the Law School’s existing strengths. The ideal candidate will understand the current legal education landscape and have a clear vision for navigating its future; recognize the importance of excellent and innovative teaching, and the wide-ranging skills today’s law students need to master; value and support faculty scholarship and be able to effectively convey its importance to the legal profession; be committed to public service; have a demonstrated record of achievement in consensus building and strategic planning; possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to articulate the school’s strengths to the Maine legal and business communities, among others; and have demonstrated development and fundraising skills. Candidates must have a J.D. or equivalent degree, and credentials commensurate with appointment as Professor of Law with tenure if such appointment is sought.
Review of applications, nominations, and inquiries will begin immediately. Applications are encouraged by November 1, 2014, to ensure full consideration, though the position will remain open until filled. Applications, which should include a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for five references, must be submitted online at: mainelaw.maine.edu/dean-search. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:
Professor Jeffrey A. Maine
Chair, Dean Search Committee
University of Maine School of Law
The University of Maine School of Law is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine, a university within the seven-campus University of Maine System. The University of Maine School of Law is strongly committed to diversity and encourages applications from persons in historically under-represented groups.