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Monday, September 6, 2021

Syracuse University Needs Help with Contracts and Other Stuff

SyracuseSyracuse University College of Law invites applications from entry level and recently tenured lateral candidates for a position on the Law Faculty

Candidates should have an excellent academic record and should hold a JD degree from an accredited law school. Preferred post-JD experience and credentials include advanced degrees, judicial clerkships, relevant legal practice or similar experience. A demonstrated commitment to excellent classroom teaching and scholarship are required. A candidate’s ability to contribute to the diversity of the College of Law community is a preferred qualification for all positions.

Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Technology Law, Business and Commercial law, Contracts

The College of Law is seeking candidates with teaching and research interests in the following areas: artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, and technology law; contract law; and all areas of business and commercial law. Emerging technologies, including AI and autonomous systems, drones and driverless cars, wearable medical devices, the blockchain and cryptocurrency, and smart contracts are disrupting settled understandings of contract formation and enforcement, risk allocation, liability, and insurance. This hire will bring expertise at the intersection of these emerging technologies and insurance law, commercial transactions and contracts, and privacy law. Applicants should bring expertise, preferably through graduate training, in one or more of the listed emerging technologies. This hire will support two of the College of Law's signature programs: the Institute for National Security Law and Policy and the Innovation Law Center. The faculty hire will also be affiliated with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI), which centers on interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching related to the design, policy, and social implications of autonomous systems.

This position is part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, and the Human-Technology Frontier and provides exciting opportunities for collaboration in teaching and research in an organized cluster that includes faculty in the School of Law, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Information Studies. Expectations for this appointment will include working collaboratively with faculty members in the cluster, contributing to enhancing student experience through mentoring research, and participation in cluster activities.

This is a tenure-track/tenured position. Candidates are expected to teach in both the residential law program and in our online JD interactive program. Candidates can expect to teach a first- year course or a core upper-division course, along with other courses as needed.

Interested applicants are encouraged to use the AALS submission process to apply but may alternatively send their resume and names of three references, including academic references who are able to assess the candidate’s potential as a legal academic, to Professor Kristen Barnes, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York 13244; email: Syracuse University is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to September 20, 2021.

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