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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, August 2, 2021

Texas Tech invites applications for chair in criminal law

Texas Tech University School of Law invites applications from exceptional individuals to fill a lateral faculty position for the 2022-23 academic year (Requisition #24976BR/Professor). The position is open to candidates who are tenured at another law school or who would satisfy Texas Tech University’s requirements to be hired as a full professor with tenure. The successful candidate will have the qualifications and experience to fill the Judge George Killam, Jr. Chair of Criminal Law, and should be willing to teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and additional elective courses.


The Judge George Killam, Jr. Chair of Criminal Law was made possible by a substantial legacy gift in trust to the Texas Tech Law School Foundation. The current value of the trust corpus that funds the Texas Tech Chair exceeds four million dollars. The inaugural holder of the Chair was the late, distinguished Professor Arnold Loewy. Much beloved by his students, for the last 15 years of his illustrious career Professor Loewy hosted an annual Criminal Law Symposium at the Texas Tech School of Law that featured nationally and internationally recognized criminal law and procedure scholars.


The base salary for this position would be that of a full professor, supplemented by income from the endowment fund, with generous allowance for travel, student assistants, sponsorship of conferences and speakers, and related initiatives relating to the study and teaching of criminal law.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, and have a demonstrated record of scholarly distinction, exemplary teaching, and institutional or public service. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation law students is highly desirable. Service to the School of Law and University is expected, and service duties include program building and a commitment to relevant extracurricular activities. Although we recognize that external funding opportunities have traditionally been limited in legal academia, candidates who have strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding or who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply.


Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, Texas, is a state-supported National Research University with an enrollment that exceeds 40,000 students. In addition, Texas Tech University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).  The law school has approximately 410 students and 36 full-time faculty members.  The law school is an integral part of the University and offers 10 dual-degree programs with other Texas Tech schools and colleges.  The Lubbock metropolitan area is home to over 300,000 people, enjoys affordable housing, abundant sunshine, friendly people, and offers easy access to other parts of the country.  For more information, visit our website at


As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.


Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references electronically at the Texas Tech Jobs website: to the attention of Brian D. Shannon, Horn Distinguished Professor and Chair, Killam Chair Search Committee. You may also contact Professor Shannon at, but for your application to be considered, you must submit it at the Texas Tech Jobs website. Submission of applications is preferred by October 1, 2021.

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