Dean Search

“With a bold spirit and a steadfast commitment to academic distinction, open inquiry, and social responsibility, the Seattle University School of Law strives to promote learning in law as the cornerstone of effective democracy.”
Seattle University School of Law Mission Statement


Seattle University seeks an individual with integrity, vision, and enthusiasm to be the next dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2005.

Established in 1972, Seattle University School of Law is a vital part of Seattle University’s student-centered Jesuit mission. The School of Law conducts a full-time and part-time program of legal education leading to the J.D. degree, and an LL.M. in American Legal Studies for international students. The student body is drawn from a national pool and is academically strong and diverse, with 750 full-time and 250 part-time students, approximately 25% of whom are persons of color. The 50-member faculty is dynamic and collegial; sincerely committed to academic excellence, scholarship, diversity, and education for the pursuit of justice; and dedicated to effective and innovative teaching and learning. Housed in a beautiful, state-of-the-art building on the Seattle University campus, the School of Law is adjacent to downtown Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s largest, most vibrant city. Additional information on the School of Law can be accessed on the Web site at

Seattle University, founded in 1891, continues a four hundred and fifty year tradition of Jesuit Catholic higher education. The University’s Jesuit Catholic ideals underscore its commitment to the centrality of teaching, learning and scholarship, of values-based education grounded in the Jesuit and Catholic traditions, of service and social justice, of lifelong learning, and of educating the whole person. Located in the heart of dynamic Seattle, the University enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges and schools. Students enjoy a university ethos characterized by small classes, individualized faculty attention, a strong sense of community, a commitment to diversity, and an outstanding faculty.

Candidates for the deanship should possess a distinguished academic career and experience in legal education commensurate with appointment to tenured faculty rank, and must also demonstrate strong leadership, fund-raising, collaborative, interpersonal, and administrative skills. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups such as women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. The Dean Search Committee is currently reviewing applications and will schedule interviews for this fall. Review will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit a letter of application, vitae, and list of references by October 1, 2004. Applications, nominations and further inquiries should be directed to:

Professor Annette Clark or Professor Ronald Slye
Co-Chairs, Dean Search Committee
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-1090;


Seattle University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual or political orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.

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