Suffolk University — Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Law, Tenure Track

The Undergraduate Law Program at Suffolk University (ABA approved) is recruiting applicants for a full time, tenure-track position in the Political Science and Legal Studies (PSLS) Department. The Undergraduate law program prepares students for law school and careers as non-lawyer legal professionals. The Department is interested in recruiting a scholar and teacher with a focus on Constitutional Law, civil rights law, criminal procedure, environmental racism, immigration law or public health law or another field of law focused on equity and inclusion.

The successful candidate will contribute to a rich tradition of community-engaged teaching and experiential education that prepares our diverse, substantially first-generation college students—40% of whom are Pell eligible—for careers and civic engagement. Department faculty take advantage of our location in the heart of Boston to design exciting real-world learning opportunities at the Court House and the State House. Close connections with Suffolk Law School, which has top-ranked skills clinics, provide students in the Undergraduate Law program with rich pre-professional opportunities as does our thriving Center for Restorative Justice. The successful candidate will have a commitment to inclusive pedagogy and curricular diversity, mentoring and advising students—especially first-generation college students—as well as conducting impactful research. Candidates must hold a JD at the time of appointment.

The Political Science and Legal Studies Department has a strong commitment to student development by providing high quality instruction to a diverse student body. The PSLS department offers 3 undergraduate majors and 2 graduate programs: the major in undergraduate law (320 students); a major in political science, and a major in International Relations, a Master’s in Applied Politics and a Master’s in Global Public Policy. Faculty in the department are award-winning teachers recognized for innovative pedagogical practices, community leaders civically engaged in advancing social justice, internationally recognized policy and political consultants and active researchers and scholars. Initiatives such as Suffolk Votes, the non-partisan university-wide initiative to raise political awareness and impact by increasing student voter participation, reflect the department’s key role in Suffolk’s Community Engagement Carnegie Classification.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are woven into Suffolk University’s very fabric. We have been providing access and expanding opportunities for students of color for more than a century and this mission is lived through our decisions at every level. U.S. News ranked Suffolk University among the top 100 universities in the country for social mobility. Suffolk was also listed 14th nationally in percentage of international students. Through student, faculty and staff recruitment and support, community engagement, curriculum development, and research, the University community works to advance equity for every student, every day. Learn more about how we manifest the core values of our mission at Suffolk DEI.

Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly potential. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate level, and previous undergraduate teaching experience is required. Preference will be given to those who have experience 1) teaching legal research and writing; and 2) working with paralegals and/or supervising legal staff. The successful candidate will also provide evidence of engagement with research/scholarship and potential for publication in legal journals or refereed journals in law and public policy.

Application should be made through the Suffolk University Human Resources website. A complete submission will include: cover letter (including research agenda); CV; undergraduate and graduate transcripts; research writing sample; statement of teaching philosophy; student course evaluations; and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be via Zoom followed by on-campus interviews. Position will start in January or August; preference will be given to candidates prepared to begin the position in January.

Suffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located in downtown Boston, and is an equal opportunity employer committed to faculty diversity. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. To learn more about Suffolk University visit our website at www.suffolk.edu. To learn more about the department, go to https://www.suffolk.edu/cas/degrees-programs/political-science-legal-studies.

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