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Research Assistant Professor of Law and Education Rights Institute Fellow

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The University of Virginia School of Law seeks up to two Research Assistant Professors of Law to serve as Education Rights Institute Fellows (“ERI Fellows”). These non-tenure-track Academic General Faculty positions will have appointments of two years and offer compensation of $70,000 annually plus benefits. This is a gift funded restricted position contingent on funding and performance.

The Education Rights Institute will aim to expand the opportunity for every student in the United States to enjoy a right to a high-quality education that empowers them to be college and career ready and engaged citizens. It will accomplish this by advancing the following strategic priorities:

  • Producing scholarship and commentary that engages public debate and support for legislation or litigation guaranteeing a federal right to a high-quality education;

  • Serving as a catalyst that expands the capacity of school districts to better utilize federal laws, regulations, policies, research and assistance that can increase access to high-quality schools and close opportunity gaps so that more students are college and career ready and engaged citizens;

  • Amplifying research about educational opportunity gaps and their impact on individuals, families, communities, democracy and our economy through digital and other modern communication strategies to increase public awareness of these gaps; and,

  • Hosting invitation-only and public convenings and events about the above topics.

The Institute will not represent individual clients in legal proceedings.

ERI Fellows will support the Institute by taking on the following responsibilities:

  • Writing and publishing research regarding a federal right to education, including articles, reports, essays and editorials.

  • Developing and implementing a plan for social media engagement for the Education Rights Institute in conjunction with the Director.

  • Assisting with the creation and implementation of a plan for collecting, organizing, amplifying and communicating research and data on educational opportunity gaps, particularly racial, national origin and socioeconomic gaps, including through social media, and by writing and publishing editorials, essays, reports, articles, etc.

  • Contributing to the development of a plan to increase district compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including research and publications regarding policies and practices that have a disparate impact on the basis of race, color or national origin in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and how districts can remedy such violations of federal law.

  • Supporting invitation-only and public convenings and events about the Institute’s priorities.

ERI Fellows will work under the direction of and closely with the Institute’s Director, Professor Kimberly Jenkins Robinson. The Director will allocate responsibilities among the fellows based on the background, experience, and interests of the fellows, as well as the needs of the Institute. ERI Fellows may attend and participate in faculty workshops and other law and university events. ERI Fellows will engage with other faculty. Professor Robinson will mentor ERIs as they develop and revise research and publications and contemplate future career opportunities.


Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or foreign equivalent, or a Ph.D. in a relevant field. At least one year of professional experience, which may be in research, education policy, legal practice or a judicial clerkship, is strongly preferred. Strong academic and professional background and superior scholarly promise is expected. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated interest in education law and policy in the United States or a closely related field. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with others, as well as excellent analytical, research and writing skills are required. Candidates also should demonstrate first-rate organizational and communication skills and familiarity with social media platforms. Successful candidates will bring a passion for and insights regarding how to use law and policy to ensure all children receive a high-quality education.

The anticipated start date is June or July 2023.

To Apply:

Apply online at search for requisition 'R0046925'. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following:

  • Cover letter

  • CV/resume

  • Writing sample

  • An up to two page statement of research topics and interests that the candidate would like to pursue as a Fellow.

  • Names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notice to the candidate.

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the resume submission field, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

***Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Kimberly Robinson, Professor of Law, at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter at

The University of Virginia School of Law is consistently recognized as one of the top law schools in the country. The environment at the Law School is both active and supportive, with a strong sense of collegiality among students, faculty, and staff and a commitment to excellence and service.

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