Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Faculty Jobs
Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 684154
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University College Of Law
Department: Juris Doctorate Programs 40001138
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%)
Position Summary

Michigan State University College of Law invites applications for a full-time, faculty position at the Full Professor level in the Tenure System Faculty Appointment System. The Law College expects to hire a faculty member with exceptional teaching and scholarship credentials to fill the John F. Schaefer Chair in Matrimonial and Family Law. The Schaefer Chair was the first fully endowed chair in the Law College history and recognizes faculty with a proven research agenda in matrimonial and family law including issues related to marriage, marriage equality, spousal support, property division, child custody, child support, and other issues related to family formation and dissolution. The Law College seeks applicants with a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly achievement.


  • Pursues a rigorous scholarly agenda that advocates a facet of matrimonial or family law.
  • Serving as a leader in national, regional, and local conferences, symposia, and discussions that facilitate greater knowledge of matrimonial and family law issues.
  • Teaches family law (including matrimonial law) and other courses as agreed upon by the associate dean for academic affairs.
  • Assists with promotion and development of MSU College of Law programs.
  • Actively engages in service at the college and university as well as in national organizations.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Doctorate -Law

    Minimum Requirements
    • JD or PhD in related discipline.
    • Knowledge of the legal profession.
    • Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Experience working with computer applications including legal databases.
    Required Application Materials

    Qualified applicants should submit:

    • a cover letter
    • current curriculum vitae or resume
    • a short professional biography

    Department Statement

    Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities and individuals from other underrepresented groups that can diversify the impact of social science research across the mission of the college.

    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Dec 3, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Dec 3, 2022 Eastern Standard Time


    Working at Michigan State University 

    Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

    Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

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    The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

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    U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

    • 29th among the nation’s public universities
    • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
    • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
    • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

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