WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks an innovative leader as the next Library Director. The commencement date for the position is July 1, 2017. We seek thoughtful and collegial candidates who will continue to raise the national profile of the Washburn Law Library and make it a dynamic information center for the future. The Law Library is home to WashLaw, one of the nation’s leading internet legal research portals.
The Director is a 12-month tenured or tenure-track member of the law faculty who reports to the Dean of the law school. The Director works closely with faculty and staff to provide library services supporting scholarly research and the law school curriculum. The Director is responsible for administering and managing all aspects of the law school library, including strategic planning, budgeting, policies, hiring and management of library and law school IT staff, collection and resource development, and library services. The Director also oversees all law school information technology and related services, including web-based, desktop, and classroom needs of the faculty, staff, and students. As a full-time faculty member, the Director is expected to engage in scholarly activities consistent with the tenure and promotion standards of the law school and the University and will teach in an area consistent with the needs of the law school and the Director’s expertise.
Washburn University was founded in 1865 on the then-revolutionary premise of open access to and diversity in education. Washburn Law is committed to continuing and expanding upon this legacy. Diversity among faculty, staff, and students is essential to fulfilling the mission and vision of the law school, and the school uses every means available to support robust diversity within the law school community. Applicants whose background and experiences might enhance the diversity of the law school are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Washburn campus is located in the heart of Topeka, Kansas, blocks from the state capitol and the judicial center. Topeka features affordable housing and beautiful, historic neighborhoods filled with well-maintained parks. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education historical site. Topeka has previously been named a Top Ten City in Kiplinger’s magazine. Recently, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library was named the 2016 Library of the Year, the highest honor for libraries in the U.S. and Canada.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. (All faculty appointments are contingent upon funding.) Washburn University School of Law is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Interested candidates should send a resume, listing at least three references, and a cover letter. Contact: Professor Janet Thompson Jackson, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Washburn University School of Law, 1700 College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas, 66621. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org