The University of New Mexico is seeking an innovative and experienced leader for the position of Dean of the School of Law at the University of New Mexico (UNM). This opportunity arises due to former Dean Kevin Washburn being named by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.
Located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing in the Southwest, UNM is a Carnegie Very High Research University and designated as a DoEd Hispanic-Serving Institution. As the state’s flagship university, UNM serves a diverse student population with more than 30,000 students on five campuses. UNM offers nationally-ranked academic programs, exceptional research opportunities, and an active and vibrant fine arts community on an architecturally unique campus.
Founded in 1947, the School of Law serves approximately 350 students enrolled in the J.D. program. Approximately 40% of the students are from minority backgrounds, and men and women are represented about equally. Full-time faculty number is around 34.
The law school operates a Clinical Law Program, which is mandatory for all students, with the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs reporting directly to the Dean. The directors of two research and training institutes – the Utton Transboundary Resources Center and Institute for Public Law – also report to the Dean. An independent institution - the American Indian Law Center - is housed in the law school. The school publishes three journals, the New Mexico Law Review, the Natural Resources Journal, and the Tribal Law Journal. The Law Library is directed by a full-time member of the faculty, who reports to the Dean and is assisted by five library faculty members.
The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the School of Law and reports directly to the Provost of the University. Governance of the law school is vested in the faculty and its committees, which are appointed by the Dean. Students are represented as full voting members on most committees as well as at faculty meetings.
The Dean has significant fund-raising responsibilities for both the law school and its various institutes. The Dean interacts with alumni/ae and other members of the legal profession in such matters as continuing legal education, annual meetings of the Bar, Bar committees, and other professional functions. Under the Constitution of New Mexico, the Dean serves as chair of the judicial nominating commissions for the state’s Appellate, District, and Metropolitan Courts. In this capacity, the Dean periodically chairs committees of lawyers, judges, and lay persons for the purpose of selecting judicial candidates for courts throughout New Mexico, for appointment by the Governor.
• J.D. degree or equivalent degree in a law-related area.
• Academic credentials or equivalent experience that would merit appointment as a full professor in the School of Law.
• Record of administrative responsibility and proven fiscal and managerial skills.
• Demonstrated capacity for leadership.
• Research experience at the professional level.
• Teaching experience at the professional level.
• Evidence of scholarly achievement.
• Strong record of support for:
Teaching and clinical legal education
Research and creative activity
• Experience in dealing with external funding sources.
The University of New Mexico actively seeks and encourages nominations of and applications from individuals who are members of under-represented groups. For information regarding the confidentiality of inquiries and applications, call or email the address listed below. A complete application consists of (1) a letter that expresses interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names, addresses, and contact information of five professional references.
Applications should be submitted online at http://unmjobs.unm.edu  referencing posting #0818563. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by January 21, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled.
Nominations should be submitted by email to Jennifer Love, Search Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org 
The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator.