As the University of Ottawa is particularly research intensive, he says the new dean will have to deal with tremendous pressure from central administration and faculty to engage in serious research, but at the same time accommodate increasing educational responsibilities in law.
“There are competing pressures as the profession, the bar continues to download educational responsibilities that were once assumed by the profession onto the law schools without any corresponding compensation,” he says.
He says a good law school has to be both research intensive and service the profession and public properly.
Des Rosiers came from a social justice background when she was appointed as the dean of the section. Feldthusen says that such a background or a commitment to social justice should be a “non-negotiable quality” in a new law dean.
A selection committee will interview candidates and ultimately appoint the next dean. The committee will include the university’s president, other administrative staff, a dean, professors, as well as two full-time law students.