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Thursday, October 6, 2005

SIUC Seeks Distinguished Visitor in Ag Law

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking nominations and applications for a Distinguished University Visiting Professor for the 2006-2007 academic year. Established in 2004, this position is intended to bring to the university an outstanding, nationally recognized scholar and teacher with an interdisciplinary interest. The 2006-2007 position has been designated for the fields of law and agriculture.

The Distinguished University Visiting Professor is expected to teach three courses in the School of Law and a fourth in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The successful candidate also is expected to deliver one public lecture and continue his/her scholarly research and publication. It is hoped that during the year, the Distinguished University Visiting Professor will interact closely with students and faculty in both colleges, as well as with members of the wider university and general communities. Support for the position includes a competitive salary, benefits, a travel allowance, and a research assistant.

Chartered in 1869, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a comprehensive, post-secondary public educational institution offering a broad range of academic programs. The university is one of the nation’s premier research institutions as indicated by rankings of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The School of Law, which was established in 1973, is housed in the Lesar Law Building, a contemporary structure situated on the western edge of the university’s Carbondale, Illinois campus near Thompson Lake. With 33 faculty members and approximately 360 students, the School of Law enjoys one of the best student-faculty ratios of any law school in the country. The law building features an outstanding law library with more than 380,000 volumes and microfilm volume equivalents, as well as state of the art classrooms.

The College of Agricultural Sciences has an undergraduate enrollment of about 750 students in four units: agribusiness economics; animal science, food and nutrition; forestry; and plant, soil, and agricultural systems. The college offers graduate studies leading to master of science degree. Graduate enrollment is about 150 students. Three of its departments are active participants in the university’s Environmental Resources and Policy Ph.D. Program.

Carbondale is a classic university town approximately 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, in a beautiful setting next to the majestic Shawnee National Forest. The city has a resident population of about 26,000, which increases to around 47,000 from August to May, as the university hosts more than 21,000 students of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds. Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent from a nationally-accredited law school and have an outstanding national reputation as an agricultural law teacher and scholar. Factors to be considered in assessing the Distinguished University Visiting Professor include the following: scholarly and teaching record, law practice experience in the relevant field, honors previously received (e.g., awards, fellowships, etc.), participation in national and international organizations, letters of recommendation and other factors relevant to assessing qualifications for this position.

Nominations, applications and inquiries should be sent to: W. Eugene Basanta, Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1150 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6804, Carbondale, IL 62901-6804. Phone: 618-453-8748; fax: 618-453-3317; email: basanta@siu.edu. Deadline for application: October 15, 2005, or until position is filled. SIUC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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