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Associate Dean, Faculty of Law
Thompson Rivers University

  • Apr. 3, 2017
  • Associate Dean, Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Law
  • Thompson Rivers University
    Kamloops, BC
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Law - General
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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) seeks an experienced, strong, innovative leader to guide and support the Faculty of Law in its research, teaching and service activities. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean in concert with the Assistant Dean will have responsibilities in the administration, leadership and development of domestic and international educational and research initiatives across the Faculty. The Associate Dean will represent the Faculty regionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

The Faculty of Law officially opened its doors in September of 2011 to welcome its founding class of law students to begin their legal careers. Since then the full-time academic staff of the Faculty has grown to 16 highly research active law professors and continues to grow. We will be celebrating our 4th graduation in June.

Our JD is taught to 330 students by an outstanding group of legal academics who are committed to providing the highest possible quality of teaching to our students. Our faculty members are renowned, having studied and practiced law around the world, bringing with them a remarkable breadth and depth of academic and legal practice experience. Our colleagues are, without exception, excellent and prolific scholars. They are pioneers in building the best legal education program possible within the resources available. Our full-time professors are joined by exceptionally talented lawyers serving as sessional lecturers, thereby augmenting our range of course offerings and enhancing the skills that our law students acquire, as well as by our Judge in Residence, Hon Richard Blair, BC Supreme Court (Retd.).

We also clearly benefit from state-of-the-art facilities in an award-winning new law school building that includes bright, modern classrooms and student study spaces. Our building also houses a new law library that reflects its 21st century creation via reliance primarily on an e-collection (over 500,000 volumes) with a modest hard copy collection by comparison.

The Faculty is in the process of actively considering the development of new graduate programs in law as well as engaging in a comprehensive curriculum review. The Legal Clinic launched in early 2016 on a part-time basis is transitioning to a full-time multi-site Clinic as it expands its operations in light of ongoing funding. The Faculty is committed to achieving the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission through the indigenization of legal education and to TRU as the university of choice for Indigenous peoples. In our programs, research, and engagement with students and communities we seek to be fully responsive to Indigenous peoples and to take action in support of reconciliation.

The Associate Dean will play a key role in support of increasing student success, intercultural understanding, research capacity, entrepreneurial activity, and sustainability. The Associate Dean's responsibilities include oversight of enrolment and student progress, student recruitment and retention, financial and administrative planning, implementing the curriculum, organizing teaching assignments, and facilitating accreditation, articulation and partnership arrangements. The Associate Dean will teach up to one (1) course per year in the Faculty of Law.

The Associate Dean brings a strong commitment to collegiality and consensus building across organizational, disciplinary, and program boundaries. The Associate Dean works proactively to build relationships with the professional community and external stakeholders to advance the opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.

TRU is a uniquely comprehensive, student-focused institution built on over 40 years of excellence in postsecondary education and training. Our main campus is located in beautiful Kamloops (pop. 90,000), located just a 4-hour drive from Vancouver in the heart of the southern BC interior. Kamloops offers world-class tourism and recreation, over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, and excellent cultural, social and economic opportunities. The university also operates regional campuses in Williams Lake, Lillooet, 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Barriere, and Clearwater.

Almost 24,000 students attend TRU, with 13,000 students studying through our on-campus programs each year, including nearly 1600 international students from more than 80 countries. Another 10,000 students register for distance and online courses. TRU offers a broad range of program options, including undergraduate and graduate university degrees, career diplomas and certificates, trades training, and university preparation.

For more information about the Faculty of Law, please consult this website:

Term: Full-time, four (4) year term appointment with potential for renewal.

  • Professional profile suitable for appointment as a tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor in Law
  • LLB/JD and LLM; PhD preferred

  • Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service activity
  • Strong record of service including significant administrative contributions, e.g., as Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, School/Department chair or program coordinator
  • Experience in curriculum, policy development and the academic approval process
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills
  • Experience working in responsive and meaningful ways in support of Indigenizing higher education and accelerating Indigenous peoples' successful outcomes in legal education an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to handle situations that require diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Experience in making difficult decisions, communicating these effectively, and taking action
  • Experience relevant to managing, including employee recruitment and selection, reviewing, conflict resolution, and contract negotiation, preferably in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated financial management skills, e.g., project and budget management


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  • Mr. Brad Morse, Dean, Faculty of Law
    Faculty of Law
    Thompson Rivers University


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