From the FLP mailbox:
Hamline University’s School of Law is at a propitious moment in its 35-year history. The next Dean will be asked to build on the law school’s qualitative strengths and to provide comprehensive leadership that will result in transformative institutional growth. With over 700 students and a full-time faculty of 43, the law school is an integral part of Hamline University, located midway between the downtown centers of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. As Minnesota’s first institution of higher education, founded by Methodist pioneers, Hamline is a high-quality, nationally ranked, comprehensive university with more than 4,500 students.
True to its founding vision, the School of Law stresses ethics, civic responsibility, and justice for all people, while reinforcing the principles of fine teaching, extensive scholarship, and active engagement for its faculty. A strongly student-centered culture continues to provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment for student success. In 2007, Hamline’s bar passage rate was 93.4 percent, placing its students second among all Minnesota law schools. Distinctive educational initiatives at the law school include the Dispute Resolution Institute (now ranked third nationally by US News & World Report), the Health Law Institute, five ABA-approved international study programs, and the highly regarded Journal of Law and Religion.
As a part of Hamline’s academic leadership team, the Dean will have an opportunity to engage a new university-wide strategic plan and a fresh alignment of Hamline’s graduate and professional schools. At the same time, the Dean’s focused leadership will be expected to result in improved qualitative benchmarks for the law school, a significantly enhanced philanthropic base, further clarification of the law school’s distinctive vision, an integration of its diversity, and the further strengthening of the law school’s sense of community..
A complete Search Profile is available at www.academic-search.com/search.html and additional information about Hamline and the School of Law may be found at www.hamline.edu. Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the Search Profile and to consult the outline presented there for the application process.