Loyola University Chicago School of Law invites applications for a full-time clinical professor of law to serve as the Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. Loyola Law is a social and racial justice leader. In 2020, the School of Law revised its mission to prioritize its commitment to addressing issues of systemic racism and other forms of oppression. The Assistant Dean provides vital support to this mission as a member of the School of Law senior leadership team who reports to the Dean of the School of Law. The Assistant Dean is primarily responsible for ensuring that the School builds, navigates and sustains a culture and climate of belonging for all students, with a particular focus on the experiences of students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Assistant Dean develops student-focused educational programming and services. The Assistant Dean also serves a key role in the development of criteria and the implementation of accountability metrics to measure the progress of the School of Law towards the University’s goal of becoming an anti-racist institution. This clinical faculty position provides for a 3-year presumptively renewable contract on a 12-month appointment.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
STRATEGIC PLANNING RESPONSIBILITIES: Development of an operational plan for the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; contributing to the publication of an annual School of Law Diversity Report; provision of operational support in furtherance of the law school mission to become an anti- racist institution as detailed in the School of Law’s strategic plan and mission; provision of strategic leadership on matters related to inclusion, diversity and equity within the law school;
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: Provides guidance, mentoring and support to students on issues involving inclusion, diversity and equity; support and development of the DEI Ambassadors program; provide advice, support and mentoring for student affinity groups.
STUDENT-FACING PROGRAMMING: Develops and sponsors student-facing, non-curricular, educational programs, workshops and other community-wide initiatives to support a more inclusive environment for students; supports diversity initiatives offered through the Office of Admissions, Student Organizations, Career Services, Alumni Relations, and the Associate Dean of Mission Innovation; support for pre-law mentoring and pipeline programs; supports pipeline programs between the School of Law and undergraduate institutions that serve historically disadvantaged communities including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions.
LIAISON RESPONSIBILITIES: Serves as the primary liaison for the School of Law with the central University on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion including, but not limited to the Office of Compliance and Equity, the Institute for Racial Justice, and the Office of the Vice President of Institutional Diversity Equity and Inclusion; serves as the primary liaison for the School of Law with outside consultants that provide diversity, equity and including related services to students; serves upon request of the Dean of the School of Law on faculty governance committees, alumni and advisory boards, and University-level committees addressing issues of inclusion, diversity and equity;
ADMINISTRATION: Assists the Associate Dean of Mission Innovation, as needed, on issues of inclusion, diversity and equity as it relates to faculty; Participates and presents at conferences and Continuing Legal Education workshops on issues of inclusion, diversity and equity; Partners with the Assistant Director of Academic Business Operations and the Associate Dean of Advancement to secure and manage funding needs for the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; and Other duties as relates to student-facing inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives as assigned by the Dean of the School of Law.
J.D. from an accredited institution, at least five years of legal practice, higher education or consulting experience, with substantial relevant experience working in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in a law school or legal practice strongly preferred.
Ability to build positive relationships with diverse stakeholders in a higher education community, including faculty, staff, students, and program graduates. Superior communication skills with demonstrated ability to convey complex issues and objectives clearly and plainly, orally and in writing. Strong problem-solving skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks independently; proven successful project management and supervisory skills; and ability to work collaboratively in teams. Proven ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion and tact. Familiarity with relevant federal and state legal frameworks surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, a statement of interest, a current Curriculum Vitae, and the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to your professional qualifications for this position to www.careers.luc.edu. All applicants should also specifically address in their statement of interest how they will contribute to the law school’s mission statement, available at https://www.luc.edu/law/about/mission/index.cfm
Application materials may also be emailed directly to Prof. John Dehn at email@example.com. However, all applicants selected for interviews will need to submit materials to the Loyola website above for university processing.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is negotiable, but must be no earlier than April 1, 2022 and no later than July 1, 2022.