Friday, August 26, 2022

Tenure-track or Tenured Professor and Dean of Academic Excellence at Mitchell Hamline

Mitchell Hamline School of Law-a leader in pedagogical innovation dedicated to expanding access to high-quality legal education-seeks candidates for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position leading our Academic Excellence/Bar Preparation program and teaching other courses, preferably in the 1L curriculum, beginning in July 2023. 

Our faculty has committed to help Mitchell Hamline become an anti-racist law school. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse faculty as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of our state and nation; to improve the legal profession and expand access to justice; to maintain the excellence of the law school; and to offer our students richly varied perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

The Dean of Academic Excellence will work closely with the President and Dean; Vice Dean; Dean of Students; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office; and faculty to provide a vision for our Academic Support/Bar Preparation program. The Dean of Academic Excellence will be responsible for all aspects of the program, which currently includes orientation programming, skills workshops, credit-bearing classes, bar preparation, and individual tutoring; and will be responsible for analyzing bar pass data and for evaluating the success of various academic support and bar preparation initiatives.

We are looking for:

  • Candidates with a commitment to outstanding law practice, teaching, scholarship, and service who are interested in teaching courses in other parts of the curriculum, particularly core first-year courses.
  • Candidates with an understanding of disability and multicultural issues, including the experiences of Black, Indigenous, Latino/a, Asian, and LGBTQ students; students of color; students with disabilities; and first-generation college and law students.
  • Candidates with the ability to think imaginatively and critically about how to measurably improve law students' academic development, to design and implement innovative programs to promote that development, and to continually assess and improve existing programs.
  • Candidates with the ability and initiative to forge partnerships with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the surrounding legal community, including an array of affinity bar groups.
  • Candidates who are interested in, and excited about, teaching in our innovative blended learning program (
  • Candidates with knowledge of and interest in recent trends in legal pedagogy and the legal profession.
  • Candidates with the ability to think creatively about the NextGen Bar Exam and its implications for law schools.
  • Candidates with an interest in developing or maintaining a national presence in Academic Support/Bar Preparation and related fields of study, by representing the law school at conferences and by publishing scholarly work.
  • Candidates whose law-practice, teaching, scholarship, or community-service experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Candidates must have a J.D. or foreign equivalent degree. We strongly encourage those who attended or taught at the following categories of institutions to apply:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Law Schools (HBCUs) or Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs), or Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHs)
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Asian-American & Native Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

We welcome candidates whose scholarly approach contributes to the understanding of law's impact on marginalized groups or advances equitable access and diversity in education; and candidates whose teaching incorporates effective strategies for educational advancement of students in underrepresented groups. We especially welcome applications from candidates who participated in academic support/bar preparation programs as law students.

Our law school is in an historic area of Saint Paul, on the Indigenous homelands of the Dakota Oyate, home to the Penumbra and Fitzgerald theaters, a diverse array of restaurants, and one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Just across the river, Minneapolis is the home to the Walker Art Center, First Avenue, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and one of the nation's liveliest performing arts scenes. The city was the birthplace of the American Indian Movement and continues to boast one of the largest urban American Indian populations in the country. Eleven federally recognized tribes, including four Dakota and seven Ojibwe tribes, remain within the State of Minnesota. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are among the top cities for the arts and entertainment, active lifestyles, non-profit organizations, and exceptional levels of volunteer engagement.

Candidates must submit: (1) a resume; and (2) a 2-3 page cover letter that discusses their interest in and qualifications for the position and how their law-practice, teaching, research, or community-service experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The committee will consider applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To be considered for our first set of interviews, submit your application by October 11.

For questions about the application process, contact Professor Tom Cobb, Appointments Committee Chair, at

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