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President & Dean
Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia
Date Posted 02/02/2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Appalachian School of Law invites nominations and applications for the position of President & Dean. Currently, the jobs of President and Dean are combined, but in the past, ASL had these duties divided among two individuals. ASL would welcome applicants for the positions of President, Dean, or President & Dean.

ASL exists to provide opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation and serve as legal counselors, advocates, judges, mediators, community leaders, and public officials. We offer a well-qualified faculty, a rigorous program for the professional training of lawyers and a comprehensive law library. The program emphasizes professional responsibility and practice skills. The ASL community is an exciting, student-centered environment that focuses on honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others. We also require community service and provide a critical resource and access to justice for all people, the bar, courts and other institutions of the region.

The President & Dean serve two equally important roles at Appalachian School of Law. First, the President is the principal advocate for ASL both within and outside the school. The President will work collaboratively with the administration and deans of other schools. The President is also responsible for developing, engaging, and cultivating potential donors and for facilitating school service and outreach to the state in support of its commitment. The next President must be visionary, and have a commitment to public service and to diversity, equity, and inclusion necessary to advance ASL and inspire its multiple constituencies.

The Dean provides intellectual and strategic leadership, guiding ASL in its commitment to innovative, relevant education for current and future generations of students. Specifically, the Dean's responsibilities include building relationships with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other key constituencies to envision and realize ASL's goals for advancement. Such work includes consulting with and empowering faculty to revise and develop curricula; elevating ASL's high standards of teaching, research and service; administering ASL's budget; recruiting faculty; building an inclusive, collaborative community culture; taking a lead role in other faculty personnel matters, including tenure, promotion, and renewal; and advocating for and advancing ASL at the school and national levels. The ideal candidate will possess proven experience as an innovative, collaborative, and accomplished leader with a successful record of advancing complex organizations or institutions.

The Dean will be managing approximately 55 full and part-time employees. Candidates must possess a J.D. or its equivalent from an accredited institution and a record of accomplishments (academic or experiential) to qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor. Candidates for President may hold a PhD or J.D. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please include a cover letter, CV, and a list of five references. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Jacob Cross at jcross@asl.edu. Submission of application materials should be done by PDF. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. The priority date for initial screening of candidates is January 8, 2021.

As an employer and institution of higher learning, the Appalachian School of Law seeks to discharge its legal responsibilities and serve its diverse and talented community through fair and responsible application of its policies. These policies express institutional values and carry out the mandates of state and federal law. This institution does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy/childbirth, marital status, disability, religion, political affiliation, veteran status, or national and ethnic origin. Race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.

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