The Pennsylvania State University
Invitation to Apply for the Position of
Penn State Law
Penn State School of International Affairs
University Park, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), a world-renowned, public, Research 1 university, seeks an exceptional leader to serve as Dean of the Penn State Law School (“Penn State Law”) and the Penn State School of International Affairs (“SIA”). The University seeks an innovative, strategic, and collaborative leader who will provide the inspiration, cohesion, and vision for Penn State Law and the SIA. The Dean will work closely with the Provost, vice provosts, deans of other academic colleges, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders in establishing an academic and strategic vision that will ultimately advance the mission of the institution.
Penn State Law and the SIA are housed together in a state-of-the-art facility at University Park, the University’s largest campus, with 45,000 graduate and undergraduate students in the community of State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State, with an annual operating budget of nearly $7.7 billion and a student population of approximately 98,000, is the land-grant university of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, composed of the University Park campus, 23 other campuses throughout the state, and the online World Campus.
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University, the Dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer of Penn State Law and the SIA. The position provides an outstanding opportunity for a talented and entrepreneurial individual who can lead a highly respected law school and a growing, vibrant, and multi-disciplinary international affairs unit within a top-tiered research university.
The University seeks an experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence in the context of the dynamic pedagogical and fiscal challenges presently facing law schools and academic institutions more broadly. The exemplary candidate will be an excellent scholar with academic credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment in Penn State Law at the rank of professor, an accomplished administrator inspired by interdisciplinary education, and a colleague committed to joining and supporting a diverse and inclusive university community. Promising candidates should have the aptitude and willingness to spearhead significant efforts in strengthening fundraising, enrollment, and career development.
Penn State has charged a search committee composed of University stakeholders to review application materials and vet potential candidates for final selection by the Executive Vice President and Provost. Penn State has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search consulting firm, to assist in the search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.
Applications, which should include a resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter, should be sent to the following electronic mailbox: www.imsearch.com/8126. Electronic submission of materials is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations may also be sent to the web address cited above or directed to:
Tim McFeeley, Partner
Jeff Kessner, Partner
Kevin Lamár Peterman, Associate
For full and timely consideration, applicant materials should be received by no later than December 6. Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.
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