Eugene Kuntz Chair of Law in Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources

The University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

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Eugene Kuntz Chair of Law in Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources

Norman, Oklahoma
Open Date:
Sep 1, 2022

The Eugene Kuntz Chair is named after an OU professor who achieved legendary status in the field of oil and gas law. Funding for the Kuntz Chair is provided by gifts from former students, friends, and the family of Eugene Kuntz. OU, with support from the Kuntz Chair endowment, offers a competitive salary plus significant support for research and travel. The Kuntz Chair was most recently held by internationally renowned scholar and OU Professor Emeritus Owen L. Anderson.

The University of Oklahoma is a premier institution for pursuing excellence in the oil, gas, energy,  and natural resources fields (including water and the environment), as well as Indigenous Peoples law. These fields are a primary strategic area for our college and broader university, coupling first rate faculty and course offerings with extraordinary partners and connections. In addition to a J.D. degree, we offer LL.M. (online and residential) and M.L.S. (online) degrees in these study areas, and are proud to be home to the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy (ONE) Center, which brings together the ONE Society, the ONE Journal (ONE J, the first of its kind student-run, peer-reviewed online journal publishing scholarly and practice-oriented articles in the field), and the annual Eugene Kuntz Conference, founded in the early 1990s and now one of the largest such conferences in the country. We also proudly host the American Indian Law Review, soon to celebrate 50 years of publication. Our strategic industry partnerships, including with Native American nations, allow us to build upon our academic strength and provide unparalleled academic and experiential opportunities for our students as we prepare them for an exciting future in the energy industry.

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Candidates must hold a Juris Doctor degree, a record of professional excellence and personal integrity, a commitment to engage in superior legal research, writing, and teaching, and the ability, interest, and desire to help attract and develop exceptional leaders in the legal profession and in legal education. The successful applicant must have the interest, desire, and ability to work effectively with leaders in academia, law, government, and business, and to make high-level professional contributions to the development of petroleum, energy, or natural resources laws and policies at state, national, and international levels. Because the appointment is expected be at the full professor level with tenure, academic candidates are preferred, but applicants with exceptionally strong backgrounds in petroleum, energy, or natural resources law whose experience includes or suggests superior teaching ability will be considered.

Application Instructions:

The appointment will begin either in January or August of 2023. We intend to fill the position during the 2022-2023 academic year with application review beginning immediately. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience, including a letter of interest, resume, and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of no more than five references. Nominations of applicants for the Kuntz Chair are also welcome.

All application materials should be submitted online via Interfolio:

For specific questions about the position and application process, please contact search committee chair Katheleen R. Guzman at [email protected].

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