Texas Southern University — Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Texas Southern University is seeking applications and nominations for its next Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

TSU was formally established in 1927 with a mission to establish a credible college for African American students. In 1973, the state designated TSU as “a special purpose institution of higher education for urban programming.” Ascribing to the global implications of its urban mission, the University focuses on high quality teaching, research and public service as a means of preparing students for leadership roles in the urban communities of our state, nation and world.

Today, TSU is one of the nation’s largest HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) with over 8,800 students enrolled. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, TSU has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds by providing a first-class educational experience. The University offers over 120 Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in nine schools and colleges. It features an impressive array of educational programs, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and global stage.

One of only four independent public universities in Texas (those not affiliated with any of Texas’ six public university systems), TSU is the only HBCU in Texas recognized as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes magazine. TSU is the leading producer of college degrees to African Americans and Hispanics in Texas and ranks 4th in the United States in doctoral and professional degrees conferred to African Americans. The university is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and holds assets exceeding $250 million.

For more information on the Texas Southern University, visit http://www.tsu.edu/ or the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, visit http://www.tsulaw.edu/

Role Summary:

The Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law is the chief academic and administrative officer and reports directly to the Provost/Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Research. The Dean will be charged with building on the law school’s recognized role as a leader in preparing ethical lawyers for practice. The Dean ensures that the Law School contributes to society through teaching, scholarship and service; and advances the Law School’s historical mission of providing opportunities in the legal profession for the underserved and the economically and/or educationally disadvantaged.

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law has approximately 540 students and 39 full-time members of the faculty. In addition to offering the Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree, the Law School offers dual degrees in conjunction with two other schools at TSU. A J.D. /M.B.A. in conjunction with the Jesse H. Jones School of Business and a J.D. /M.P.A. in conjunction with the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland Law School. It also offers two concentrations as certificate programs: (1) Immigration & International Law, and (2) Government. Through its clinical program, the Law School provides special attention to the legal problems of the poor and disadvantaged. The Law School is also home to the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, a research and writing think tank established in 1992 to help solve legal and social problems facing the urban community through scholarship and advocacy.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an ABA accredited college or university with qualifications meriting appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure.
  • Possess superior leadership and organizational skills as well as strong academic and professional credentials;
  • Possess a record of achievement and a reputation in the academic community, bench, or bar reflecting consistent, high-order accomplishments in academia, law practice, or public service.
  • Possess a strong commitment to academic values that include teaching, scholarship, and service;
  • Possess the ability to articulate and advance the mission of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law within the University, the Bar, law school accrediting agencies, and the various constituents that the Law School serves. Specifically, knowledge of, and experience in ensuring compliance with ABA, AALS, and regional accreditation standards.
  • Possess a strong commitment to the school’s economic welfare and development and able to advance the school’s status through fundraising and branding efforts. This includes capitalizing on established networks in the legal market and beyond and aggressively pursuing innovative opportunities and partnerships in new arenas (ex. using networks from substantive legal practice with law firms); taking an active role in identifying potential and long-term sources of support for operations and capital development; building and strengthening philanthropic support for the law school.
  • Able to cultivate a collegial work environment for faculty, staff, and students; working collaboratively with faculty and staff; and inspiring students and alumni.
  • Experienced in navigating state-level politics to ensure the best position for the law school and, in turn, the University.
  • Able to serve as the spokesperson for the law school before a variety of audiences, including faculty, students, alumni, media, policymakers, partners, legal employers, and supporters.
  • Possess prior experience or capacity to develop multi-faceted and visionary academic support programs.
  • Able to position the law school for consistent bar passage scores that make TMSL competitive with other Texas law schools.

Required Licensing/Certification

Licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.

Texas Southern University has retained the services of Diversified Search as consultants to the Board and Search Committee. Potential candidate screening will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be considered, interested parties must submit multithe following materials: a cover letter, resumé or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five professional references by no later than February 28, 2017. Additional documents will be requested prior to final nomination. All communications will be treated confidentially.

All nominations, applications and inquiries should be directed electronically to:

It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its programs, activities, admissions or employment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictly observed in all University employment-related activities such as advertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employment training, compensation, promotion, termination, and employment based on race, color, religion, gender, genetic history, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance with the provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws, including, but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

As such, Thurgood Marshall School of Law strongly encourages expressions of interest from minorities, women and persons with disabilities.