Tuesday, September 22, 2015
For those in the academy doing interdisciplinary work in the law & society area, being a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is very close to nirvana. Moreover, my former Indiana colleague Ajay Mehrotra is the ABF's new Director. Based on our 12 years of working together, I can attest that Ajay would be an outstanding mentor and boss, albeit this description also describes his predecessor, Bob Nelson. The ABF is just a great place to do potentially high impact research.
Below is the official announcement for an ABF Research Professor opening. These positions come open only rarely
American Bar Foundation Research Professor
Pending budgetary approval, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) invites applications to join its Residential Faculty as a Research Professor. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, the position is an ongoing one, subject to periodic performance reviews.
We seek earlier-stage candidates with a PhD and/or JD with the potential for exemplary scholarship in law and the social sciences. Research area, discipline, and methodology are open. The ABF is strongly committed to diversity in hiring.
The ABF is an independent, scholarly research institute committed to social science research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. Its faculty consists of leading scholars in the fields of law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology.
Research professors work independently. They are responsible for identifying appropriate topics for research, seeking external funding when possible, conducting research, and authoring books and articles to be published in scholarly journals.
The ABF offers competitive salary and benefits along with research support. If jointly appointed with law or social science faculties of Chicago-area institutions, the ABF works closely with these institutions to coordinate on matters such as salary, benefits, and other work arrangements.
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015. We ask that applicants submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a brief (no more than 2-page) description of current research and plans for future research, and a list of three references.
Application letters should be addressed to Ajay K. Mehrotra, Director, and sent in electronic form to Erin Watt, Executive Assistant, at email@example.com with the subject line “Faculty Search.” Queries about the application process can be directed to Ms. Watt at (312) 988-6582.
The American Bar Foundation encourages diversity in its workforce and seeks to provide equality of opportunity for all applicants and employees. All persons are considered for positions on the basis of job-related requirements. All decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignment, training, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or marital status, in accordance with the ABF’s commitment to equal opportunity and all governing laws.