Dean, Schulich School of Law

Dean, Schulich School of Law

Dalhousie University is seeking a visionary, collegial administrative leader with a record of scholarly and professional excellence, as our next Dean, Schulich School of Law.

About Dalhousie and the Schulich School of Law

Dalhousie University combines innovative research, meaningful teaching and a deep sense of social responsibility. Located in Nova Scotia, Canada (Mi'kma'ki) with four campuses in Halifax and Truro, and satellite locations in Yarmouth and Saint John, New Brunswick, our broad range of academic programs attract and retain a diverse mix of talented and hard-working students, scholars, researchers, and staff who work together with interdisciplinary perspective and a focus on service. Our 13 academic Faculties expand understanding through teaching excellence and a drive for discovery that results in more than $214 million in research funding each year. As Atlantic Canada's primary research-intensive university and a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, we are focused on providing a unique, interactive and collaborative environment that supports all our students, faculty, and staff to achieve excellence. With more than 6,000 employees, Dalhousie’s global reputation attracts a skilled international workforce and the university benefits from a reputation as a high-quality employer. Last year, Dalhousie launched our new Strategic Plan, Third Century Promise, which signals our long-term ambitions while providing a clear, actionable strategy to guide us over the course of five years.

The Schulich School of Law is a vibrant, collegial, and close-knit community of faculty and students from around the world. We live the Weldon Tradition of unselfish public service – of giving back and making the world a better place. The Schulich School of Law plays an extraordinary role in Canadian and international legal education. We are a national law school with an international reputation. With over 7,800 alumni, the School attracts talented students from every region of the country and from around the world into JD, combined JD/Masters, LLM, and PhD programs. Forty-five regular faculty, 11 holding research chairs, are part of a vibrant, collegial team of 150+ faculty and employees that provide a first-class legal education to its diverse student body. We graduateleaders. Our alumni practice every kind of law, hold every form of government office, teach in law schools, innovate in the provision of private and public sector legal services and in business, advance policy in the executive branch of governments, render decisions on courts across the country, and offer service to non-governmental bodies and non-profit and community organizations.

The Role

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Dean is a key member of the university’s senior leadership team. The Dean has primary responsibility for setting strategy in pursuit of the academic mission of the school and ensuring the alignment of the School’s budget with  that  strategy.  Recognizing  that  the  people  of  the  School  are  the  primary  engine  of  its  excellence  in  the  academic  mission,  the  Dean  supports  the  recruitment  and  development  of  faculty,  staff,   and  students  and  fosters  a  collegial  and  respectful  environment,  playing  a  leadership  role  in  relation  to  equity,  diversity,  inclusion, and  accessibility.  The  Dean  also  advocates  on  behalf  of  the  School  and  actively  builds  relationships  internally  and  externally,  including playing a key role in fundraising and alumni relations development. The new Dean will be expected to not only build upon the existing strengths of the School, but also facilitate the development of future strategic direction and continue the School’s leadership as a provider of innovative undergraduate and graduate legal education.

The Ideal Candidate

You have  significant  experience  as  a  leader,  scholar  and  administrator  within  an  academic  institution as well as legal experience outside academia from private practice, community and/or public service. You hold a law degree, preferably at the graduate level, with an accomplished record of teaching, scholarly,  and research achievements as well as expertise working within a common law legal system.  You bring a breadth of experience and proven leadership in equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) and Indigenization, and will work in partnership with members  of  the  School,  other  senior  leaders,  and  with  community  to  deepen  the  School’s  commitments  in these areas. You are a collegial and collaborative people leader who will further build community and engagement  across  all  members  of  the  School. You  have  the  required  financial acumen to lead a large Faculty and are comfortable with revenue generation activities including fundraising,  and government, private and community partnership building.  You havea demonstrated commitment to unselfish public service in the Weldon tradition and advocatingfor the legal profession and legal justice issues.  

Application Instructions

The appointment of the Dean is for five years, renewable, and is anticipated to commence July 1, 2023.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.

For  a  detailed  brief and/or  to  apply  in  confidence (include  a  cover  letter,  curriculum  vitae,  and  completed  Self-Identification  Questionnaire) contact Heather  Fookes  at  Leaders  International  Executive  Search, [email protected].  A  complete  application  must  include  a  Self-Identification Questionnaire which can be found at Dal Self-Id.

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity,  diversity,  inclusion,  and  accessibility.  The  university  encourages  applications  from  Indigenous  persons  (especially  Mi’kmaq),  persons  of  Black/African  descent  (especially  African  Nova  Scotians),  and  members  of  other  racialized  groups,  persons  with  disabilities,  women, persons  identifying  as  members  of  2SLGBTQ+  communities,  and  all  candidates  who  would  contribute    to    the    diversity    of    our    community.    For    more    information,    please    visit

In  accordance  with  the  provincial  legislation,  accommodation  will  be  provided  by  Leaders  International and Dalhousie University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities

Application Deadline: February 8, 2023