Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law - The University of Tulsa

Position: Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law

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Position Summary

The University of Tulsa (TU) seeks a candidate beginning July 1, 2021, to serve as the Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law. The Dean is the chief academic officer of the College and provides strategic vision and operational leadership for all aspects of the academic enterprise; supports and promotes excellence in faculty scholarship and teaching; and preserves a collaborative and transparent environment for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni. The Dean supports the College’s fundraising and development efforts, develops, and promotes strategic plans for the College, and works with law school faculty, administrators, and other program directors in advancing the broad interests of the College. The Dean must work collegially with faculty, staff, and fellow members of the President’s Leadership Team and Deans’ Council, other colleges, alumni, and community members to advance the academic mission of the College and the University.

We seek an intellectually curious, thoughtful, and forward-looking person who can manage a complex institution, raise funds, and identify opportunities in the challenges presently facing legal education. The next Dean of the College of Law must be equipped to understand and respond to the unique challenges and opportunities in professional legal education today.

The College of Law

The University of Tulsa College of Law has a JD program known for outstanding outcomes.   Based upon our most recent success metrics, our graduates achieve a 97% bar pass rate within two years of graduation and 88.6% of our graduates secure full-time, long-term, bar license-required or JD advantage positions within 10 months of graduation.  The College of Law provides an outstanding legal education with a broad variety of experiential opportunities designed to empower students to meet their academic and professional goals.

Founded in 1923, the University of Tulsa College of Law received its accreditation by the American Bar Association in 1953 and in 1966 became a member of the Association of American Law Schools.   Our faculty are established leaders in scholarly and civic engagement, working with our students to identify and surmount access to justice barriers, and have a proven track record of scholarly influence/impact in energy and environmental law, cyber law, intellectual property law, and criminal law.  The College of Law is the educational springboard from which decades of graduates have successfully launched rewarding careers in law and other professional endeavors.

With 126 students, the 2020 entering class is the largest 1L class the College of Law has matriculated in a decade.  Such enrollment growth was achieved while continuing to maintain credential quality and diversity initiatives.  Also, in 2020 the College of Law added a new Public Defender Clinic to its already impressive offering of clinical opportunities and welcomed five new faculty members to our law school community.  These points of pride reflect our on-going and deep-rooted commitment to excellence, resiliency, forward-thinking, and creative vision.

The University of Tulsa

With a 125-year history and $1.1 billion endowment, TU is a private university on a 216-acre residential campus, with approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 310 faculty. TU is home to diverse facilities such as the McFarlin Special Collections; the Bob Dylan archive; multiple laboratories, Institutes, and consortia; and has strong relationships with the Gilcrease Museum, the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease, and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.

TU is located in midtown Tulsa, on a residential campus in a thriving urban surrounding. Tulsa is a family-friendly, affordable place to live, with easy access to urban, suburban, and rural areas. Tulsa is home to a growing rich and diverse cultural and culinary scene, as well as a beautiful nationally recognized riverside park.

Characteristic Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to excel in achieving the following objectives for the ongoing success of the College:

  • Advance the University mission in the context of the law school
  • Foster the development of a strategic plan for the College and lead its implementation
  • Ensure the College’s long-term success, operational excellence, and financial sustainability, including through dynamic and creative fundraising efforts and alumni/donor engagement
  • Support and promote excellence in scholarship and research by faculty and students
  • Support the College’s student-centered mission and operational goals by ensuring sufficient faculty and staff to support students’ academic and professional goals
  • Champion diversity and inclusion and support initiatives to meet diversity and inclusion goals
  • Provide leadership and vision for fostering a culture of continuous improvement
  • Enhance relationships across the College and the University
  • Enhance the College of Law’s reputation among peers and in the broader community
  • Maintain a culture of transparency and open communication across constituencies within the College
  • Promote and enhance the visibility of the College locally, nationally, and internationally through diverse media, professional, and social media outlets
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of college faculty with University administration in matters of tenure, governance, and other faculty interests

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate degree or equivalent
  • Academic and professional credentials necessary for eligibility for a tenured faculty appointment

Preferred Qualifications

  • A proven track record of achievement in research, scholarship, service, and teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms.
  • Significant fundraising experience
  • Leadership experience including: personnel management, resource management, and quality programming/delivery
  • Experience with strategic planning and visioning to successfully address change, increase student enrollment, and attract and retain a diverse student and employee population
  • Experience with ABA accreditation and university accreditation standards and processes

Application Information

The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

Please submit a cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience, qualifications, education, and vision for the future of the College of Law, and a CV to: The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104 or submit online at

Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide five references, accompanying letters of recommendation, a diversity statement, and official transcripts.  Application review will begin on February 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Confidential inquiries and expressions of interest may be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Elizabeth McCormick, at

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/ Veteran.



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