Legal Studies Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Springfield, Illinois
Feb 14, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Legal Studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an expertise in the field of legal studies. (We are particularly interested in teacher-scholars with a background in law and society and/or comparative law.) Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a related discipline, or a JD from an ABA accredited law school, or foreign equivalent, with a preference for candidates who hold both a Ph.D. and a JD. The position will begin on August 16, 2018. The candidate must be willing to work as a member of a collegial, interdisciplinary faculty and must be able to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with expertise in legal studies that builds on our current research and teaching expertise. Teaching experience at the college or university level is required. The position carries a 3-3 teaching load.

UIS is situated in the Illinois state capital city, which is a vibrant legal community of law makers, lobbyists, attorneys, and judges. Springfield is the seat of the State Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, among others. There are few cities that offer such diverse legal venues and communities.

Springfield is situated nearby Chicago and St. Louis, yet offers an extremely low cost of living and very affordable housing prices. Chicago is a 3-hour drive from Springfield and has direct city-to-city train service. St. Louis is less than a 1.5-hour drive from Springfield and also has direct city-to-city train service. Urbana-Champaign is just an hour drive. Despite close proximity to these major cultural centers, the cost of living in Springfield is roughly 15% lower, and housing costs are nearly 30% lower, than the national averages.

Campus Information:  Located in the state capital, UIS is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois.  The UIS campus serves approximately 5,000 students in 23 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs.  The academic curriculum of the campus emphasizes a strong liberal arts core, an array of professional programs, extensive opportunities in experiential education, and a broad engagement in public affairs issues of the day.  The campus offers many small classes, substantial student-faculty interaction, and a rapidly evolving technology-enhanced learning environment.  Our diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning.  UIS faculty members are committed teachers, active scholars, and engaged professionals in service to society.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus web page at and the department web page at

APPLICATION: To apply, click the "Apply for Position" button below, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload a letter of application, cv, statement of teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials will be considered. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. Applications close on March 4, 2018.

Review of applications will begin March 5, 2018, and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.