Temple University, a top-ranked research university experiencing great momentum and situated in the City of Philadelphia, seeks a bold and dynamic leader to serve as dean of the Beasley School of Law (Temple Law). Temple University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for this exciting opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking and thriving institution. A Pennsylvania state-supported comprehensive research university ranked in the highest Carnegie research university category, Temple is the 38th largest four-year public university in the United States and one of the nation’s leading centers of professional education. With 17 schools and colleges, eight campuses, more than 600 degree programs and more than 35,000 students, Temple is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments.
Since its inception in 1895, Temple Law has been committed to preparing smart, talented people for success as lawyers and advocates. By focusing on experiential learning that dovetails with and informs doctrinal coursework, Temple Law students are educated in the lived experiences of real people and inspired to pursue the big ideas that can move the law forward. Temple Law graduates have excelled in every imaginable practice area and setting, locally and around the world, and are sought after by employers who know the value of a Temple Law degree. Temple Law's institutional mission is to deliver an accessible, affordable, and excellent legal education.
In addition to outstanding faculty, Temple Law students learn from, and teach, each other. Temple Law is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive law school community that welcomes people who have historically encountered barriers to legal education. Every student benefits from the opportunity to see the world from various vantage points, and to understand better how their own perspective has been shaped over time. Such exchanges, whether held in the classroom or outside of it, deepen the understanding of how laws and legal systems impact real lives. Diverse viewpoints strengthen the community and profession, and make Temple Law students better lawyers.
U.S. News & World Report rankings place Temple Law #1 in Trial Advocacy, #6 for its part-time program, #7 in Legal Research & Writing, #16 in International Law, and #18 in Health Care Law. Temple Law is ranked #53 in U.S. News & World Report overall. Temple Law is one of only a handful of law schools in the country that are in the top quartile in reputation and the bottom quartile in tuition and graduate debt. For three consecutive years, the incoming J.D. classes have reached their highest known levels in terms of both academic credentials (LSAT and GPA) and diversity.
Temple Law seeks a dean who will build on the strong foundation and leverage the positive momentum at the Beasley School of Law in the further pursuit of academic excellence, innovation and community. As the Law School's academic leader, the dean works closely and reports directly to the university’s provost. The dean serves as a liaison between the Law School and the university and works collaboratively with other deans and administrators throughout the university. The dean manages the resources including personnel and financial to achieve Temple Law’s mission.
In addition, the dean will provide leadership and strategic vision, work well in a collaborative decision-making environment with associates and key constituencies, and have demonstrated organizational and management skills to lead path-breaking legal education. The dean will nurture high-quality research, teaching, and diversity as important components of academic excellence. The dean will also have proven fundraising experience or demonstrated potential to attract financial support and other resources. For more information, please visit www.wittkieffer.com.
The dean will possess a J.D. or its equivalent and a record of teaching and scholarship that meets the standards for appointment to the law faculty as a full professor with tenure.
WittKieffer is assisting Temple University in this search. Application materials can be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal or by email. Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by April 22, 2022. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Werner Boel, LL.M. and Ashlee Winters at TempleLawDean@wittkieffer.com.
Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service and educational programs. The university does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or veteran status.