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Dean, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Phoenix, AZ

Arizona State University seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Over the past decade, the College of Law has transformed into one of the nation’s top law schools, following a trajectory in scope, scale, and recognition that mirrors the astounding momentum of ASU. The College is ranked 25th nationally by U.S. News & World Report and is the youngest law school in the top 25. ASU Law offers an innovative approach to legal education that features experiential learning and a variety of programs and emphases that prepare students to thrive in a changing legal landscape. Committed to innovative teaching and research and serving the Arizona community, ASU Law is home to distinguished faculty and passionate, talented, and socially conscious students.

The next Dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will take the helm of the most dynamic law school in the country and will guide ASU Law to new levels of excellence and prominence and help to shape the future of legal education. Building on the momentum of a transformative decade, the Dean will raise the College’s national profile, recruit the highest caliber of students, faculty, and staff to the College, set high standards for creative legal scholarship and clinical practice, promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, commit to student success, and build community connections. This position offers the opportunity to make an extraordinary impact not only on a rapidly changing state, but on the quality and nature of legal education nationally.

The ideal candidate will be a leader committed to the advancement and innovation of legal education and research in the spirit of the university’s mission of excellence and access. In addition, successful candidates must have a proven record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and show strong evidence of visionary leadership, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, administrative and fundraising acumen, and the ability to foster an environment of growth and intellectual development for students, faculty, and staff. The next Dean will also bring a distinguished scholarly record appropriate for appointment as Professor of Law at ASU.

To apply, please include the following: 

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. A letter that highlights your qualifications and how they will advance the goals of ASU Law, as well as the basis of your interest in the position
  3. A statement addressing how your contributions to social justice, diversity, equity and/or inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence

For more details, including to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see below. Electronic submission of materials is required.

The full position profile is forthcoming.  

Cati Mitchell-Crossley is leading this search with Brett Barbour and Ebony Breaux.

Prior to an offer of employment, a thorough vetting process consisting of on- and off-list referencing, a background check, and a self-disclosure questionnaire will be conducted.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and

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