Assistant Professor, Legal Studies

Springfield, Illinois
Nov 04, 2019
Position Type
Assistant Professor
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 two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions with an expertise in the field of legal studies. For one position, we are particularly interested in applicants with an expertise in teaching legal research and writing. Desired expertise for the second position is open within the field of legal studies. The positions will begin on August 16, 2020.

These positions are full-time on-campus positions and benefit-eligible tenure-track academic appointments. UIS tenure-system faculty are expected to be available and engaged in the campus community, with assigned professional responsibilities for teaching, scholarship, and service.

About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves approximately 5,000 students in 22 graduate and 30 undergraduate programs. The academic curriculum offers students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service. Its 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 are committed teachers, active scholars, and professionals in service to society. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and faculty are also expected to provide a balance of scholarship and service activities to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at and the department web page at

Responsibilities: Candidates 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 within the candidate’s area of legal studies expertise. The positions carry a 3-3 teaching load.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a related discipline, or a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, or foreign equivalent, with a preference for candidates who hold both a Ph.D. and a J.D. Teaching experience at the college or university level is required.

To Apply: Go to:, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload a cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials by the December 2, 2019 application deadline will be considered; incomplete applications will not be evaluated. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search process, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. Formal review of applications will begin December 3, 2019, 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 encouraged to apply.