Visiting Distinguished Service Faculty in Business Law

Minneapolis, Hennepin County
Jul 31, 2014


The Department of Ethics & Business Law in the Opus College of Business of the University of St Thomas invites applications for a one-year, Visiting Distinguished Service Faculty position in Business Law, to begin September 2014. The University of St. Thomas is a liberal arts institution that values excellence in teaching and research.  The Department of Ethics & Business Law offers an undergraduate concentration for business majors, and a minor.  It also offers courses at the master's level. The department has an active cross-disciplinary research agenda, and we encourage applicants to visit to learn more about our faculty and their research. 


The standard teaching load for this position is three (3) courses per semester.  The person hired for this position will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in business law, possibly including the Legal Environment of Business, International Business Law, and Business Law for Accountants.  Additionally, the person hired for this position will be expected to participate in the research agenda of the department, and to provide service to the department, college, and university, such as advising undergraduate majors.


Applicants must have a J.D. degree.  Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and show strong potential to contribute to the active research environment that exists in the department.  It would be beneficial for the applicant to have practical experience in facilitating businesses with legal issues.


Applications should be submitted online at and include (1) a cover letter and curriculum vitae, (2) a statement (up to two pages) detailing your teaching experience and your teaching philosophy, (3) a statement (up to two pages) describing your research, (4) an unofficial copy of your graduate transcripts, and (5) two letters of recommendation, at least one of which specifically addresses teaching. 


Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


You can submit your cover letter and vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and transcripts by applying online. Arrange for the letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to Brittney Wolf ( The letters should be addressed to Dale Thompson, Visiting Distinguished Service Professor Search Committee Chair. 


The preferred format for all application documents is PDF.


Any questions regarding the position should be sent to the search committee chair Dale Thompson (


Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.


Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit, the University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse applicant pool.