School of Law
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Law invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. SIU Law, located in Carbondale, Illinois, and part of a multi-campus university system, seeks a dynamic, experienced leader with a demonstrated understanding of: legal education, institutional growth and development, and the current challenges facing law schools.

Founded in 1973, with the goal of serving the area's unmet legal needs, SIU Law holds true to its foundational motto: "Established in the public interest, serving the public good." As the region's only public law school, SIU Law prides itself on providing an accessible, collegial learning environment where students are transformed into practice-ready lawyers and community leaders. This transformative process incorporates: a robust focus on teaching, innovative research and advocacy projects, a pro bono requirement, and experiential learning. Our clinical programs and externship opportunities not only hone students' lawyering skills but also offer access to justice for those who would otherwise go without legal assistance. Moreover, SIU Law's library is the primary public legal research resource for the southern portion of the state.

In addition, SIU Law's faculty consists of active public service advocates who engage on the local, state, and national levels. These same faculty members are also effective, energetic, and productive educators and scholars who teach and publish in a broad range of subject-matter arenas. Though still a young school, SIU Law also possesses the distinction of having more than 120 judges among the ranks of its alumni, as well as numerous legal and industry trailblazers.

SIU Law's comparatively low tuition provides students with the financial freedom to pursue whatever legal career they choose, as they graduate with law school debt that is 39% below the national average. Furthermore, 91% of our students receive scholarships, and all students pay the in-state tuition rate. Given these attractive economic offerings, we draw a diverse enrollment from across the United States, as well as from other countries, despite being regionally situated. Our commitment to bolstering diversity has garnered a student body comprised of 47% women, and 26% of our first-year students are minorities. At the same time, we intentionally enhanced our selectivity, resulting in significantly higher admissions criteria and a smaller class size.

In terms of location, SIU Law is housed on the SIU Carbondale campus, a Carnegie-classified research institution. As a result, the School of Law offers joint-degree programs for students and cross-appointments for faculty with other SIU schools and departments, including medicine and business. As an added bonus, SIU Carbondale is nestled on the edge of the 270,000-acre Shawnee National Forest in an ecologically stunning area that features: 28 nature preserves; 9 lakes; 6 rivers; a rare cypress wetlands; numerous biking and hiking trails; a variety of cultural heritage sites; and an abundance of orchards, wineries, and microbreweries. SIU Law is in easy driving distance to major metropolitan areas, including St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis, and Indianapolis. Carbondale, itself, is a heterogeneous, eclectic, and affordable locality in which to live.

In the role of Dean, the right candidate will be able to build on existing interdisciplinary collaborations at the university, local, state, national, and international levels. With SIU campuses located in Edwardsville and Springfield, expanded outreach into the St. Louis metropolitan area and the state capital are primed for strategic advancement. Given an increasing and maturing alumni base and pioneering partnership prospects, the incoming Dean will also be empowered to leverage a shared vision to establish signature growth and development initiatives and educational innovations.


As the chief executive and academic officer of the School of Law, the Dean reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and works with the faculty and staff in the development and maintenance of the School of Law's programs and policies. The duties of the Dean include but are not limited to:

  1. Providing leadership to advance the School of Law's mission, including leveraging current resources to positively position SIU Law in the changing nature of both legal education and legal practice.
  2. Serving as a member of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Deans' Council.
  3. Participating in and representing the School of Law at university-wide activities. Contributing to university-wide initiatives proposed from the office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  4. Serving as chief administrative officer of the School of Law, which includes responsibility for:


This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation that includes a criminal background check.

Application Deadline: September 3, 2019, or until position is filled.

Application Procedure: A complete application must include a letter of application addressing qualifications, a current curriculum vita, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for three references. Send nominations, inquiries, and applications to:

Search Committee for Dean, SIU School of Law
C/O Melanie Terbrak
Anthony Hall, Room 125, Mail Code 4305
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1265 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Telephone: 618-536-5536

Applications may be submitted by email to pvcapply@siu.edu

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of 
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed 
and encouraged and will receive consideration.