Dean, School of Law
Founded in 1911, Santa Clara University School of Law sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the crossroads of the world’s most dynamic center for the study of law, technology, business, and society. We are seeking an innovative and ambitious leader to serve as our next Dean. We seek to hire an individual who will lead our faculty, students, and staff in their collective effort to impact the wider world in a manner consistent with the longstanding mission of Santa Clara University.
Our mission is deeply informed by the Jesuit tradition embraced by the University and the Law School. Our goal is to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion who will contribute to a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Concretely, we aim to train students and aid the research and teaching of our faculty in their effort to engage with the issues, concerns, and problems that Silicon Valley, and the wider community in which it sits, must deal with in the coming decades.
The agenda is large and complex and thus we seek an intellectually curious, thoughtful, and compassionate individual who can help us knit together a cohesive culture in a constantly changing, often disruptive, environment. The successful candidate will be a creative, forward-looking person who can manage a complex institution, raise funds, and see opportunity in the challenges presently facing legal education. The next Dean of the Law School must be poised especially to confront the unique challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dean of the School of Law is responsible for the leadership and management of the School’s faculty, students, and staff. This includes overseeing development of the School’s curriculum and programs, cultivating resources to fund the School’s mission, and managing its finances. As a member of the University’s senior administrative team, the Dean serves as a member of both Santa Clara’s Council of Deans and its Planning Action Council, and reports directly to the University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.