Associate Dean, Faculty of Law

  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • Feb 25, 2018
Full time Law School Faculty Law School Staff

Job Description

Position End Date (If Applicable)   DUTIES

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) seeks an experienced, strong, innovative leader to guide and support the Faculty of Law in its research, teaching and service activities. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean will have responsibilities in the administration, leadership and the development of the Faculty. The Associate Dean will  represent the Faculty regionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. The position is for a 4-year term, with potential for renewal for one additional 4-year term.

The Faculty of Law opened its doors in September of 2011 to its founding class of law students to begin their legal careers. In 2017 we celebrated our 4th graduation in June and welcomed our 7th JD class in September.

Our JD is taught to 330 students by an outstanding group of legal academics who are committed to providing the highest possible quality of teaching to our students. Our faculty members are renowned, having studied and practiced law around the world, bringing with them a remarkable breadth and depth of academic and legal practice experience. Our colleagues are, without exception, excellent and prolific scholars. They are pioneers in building the best legal education program possible within the resources available. Our full-time professors are joined by exceptionally talented lawyers serving as sessional lecturers, thereby augmenting our range of course offerings and enhancing the skills that our law students acquire, as well as through our Judge in Residence, Hon Richard Blair, BC Supreme Court (Retd.).

We clearly benefit from state-of-the-art facilities in an award-winning new law school building that includes bright, modern classrooms and student study spaces. Our building also houses a new law library that reflects its 21st century creation via reliance primarily on an e-collection (over 500,000 volumes) with a modest hard copy collection.

The Faculty is engaging in a comprehensive curriculum review as well as actively considering the development of new graduate programs in law. The Legal Clinic, launched in early 2016 on a part-time basis, is transitioning to a full-time multi-site Clinic as it expands its operations in light of ongoing funding. The Faculty is committed to achieving the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for TRU to become the university of choice for Indigenous peoples. In our programs, research, and engagement with students and communities we seek to be fully responsive to Indigenous peoples and to take action in support of meaningful reconciliation.

The Associate Dean will play a key role in the support of increasing student success, intercultural understanding, research capacity, entrepreneurial activity and sustainability. The Associate Dean is responsible for management and supervisory functions as assigned by the Dean including the academic coordination of existing Law programs, curriculum renewal, program reviews and the development of new programs on campus and through the Open Learning Division. The Associate Dean participates in all governance meetings of the Faculty such as the Faculty Council, and in relevant meetings. The Associate Dean liaises with the other university offices in the coordination of degree programs. The Associate Dean also ensures that students and applicants for all programs receive appropriate academic counselling and advising. The Associate Dean assumes the role of Acting Dean in the Dean’s absence.

TRU is a uniquely comprehensive, student-focused institution built on over 40 years of excellence in postsecondary education and training. Our main campus is located in beautiful Kamloops (pop. 90,000), located just a 4-hour drive from Vancouver in the heart of the southern BC interior. Kamloops offers world-class tourism and recreation, over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, and excellent cultural, social and economic opportunities. The university also operates regional campuses in Williams Lake, Lillooet, 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Barriere, and Clearwater.


Leading with passion, energy and commitment, the Associate Dean is responsible for administrative support to the Dean. Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Management

  • Ensures that academic standards of excellence in teaching, practice, and research are maintained in the departments, programs and courses of the Faculty of Law
  • Ensures adherence to the academic policies as established by TRU; work in conjunction with relevant offices on academic integrity issues, student appeals, accommodation requests, PLAR and credit banks
  • Assumes responsibility for formal program reports and course evaluations as requested by the university and accrediting bodies
  • Liaises with TRU staff and staff from partner universities regarding degrees, certificates, other credentials, programs and courses
  • Liaises with regional, provincial and national educational and professional bodies
  • Facilitates accreditation, articulation and partnership arrangements
  • Coordinates strategic marketing, promotional and recruitment efforts in the post-secondary system of the TRU region
  • Oversees and monitors student enrolment, recruitment and retention, as well as progress and performance in programs and courses
  • Arranges workshops and seminars to support research in the Faculty

Financial and Operational Management

  • Manages the day-to-day operations for the Faculty
  • Ensures appropriate policies and regulations are followed in all aspects of the Faculty’s activities, including: workload, appointments, evaluations, promotion and tenure committee and other related faculty matters
  • Ensures that the provisions of the Collective Agreement are administered correctly and in accordance with administrative policies and regulations
  • Assists the Dean in preparing the annual operating and capital budgets of the Faculty and in monitoring expenditures associated with programs, courses, and departmental budgets
  • Contributes to the development of administrative policies and regulations and ensures their effective implementation
  • Works with the Dean on the development and ongoing review of the Faculty’s strategic plan and on setting goals and objectives for the Faculty
  • Assists the Dean in determining internal and external performance benchmarks and in developing and analyzing data to measure the achievement of Faculty goals and objectives

Internal and External Relations

  • Builds effective relationships with a broad spectrum of constituents, including the administrative team within the Faculty, faculty members, students, and alumni
  • Works with faculty, the Dean and others on campus to address concerns raised by students
  • Works with Advisors on student course registration and advising issues
  • Works to build and maintain trust between administration, faculty, students and other stakeholders
  • At the request of the Dean, the Associate Dean:
    • Represents the Faculty of Law to the University, to external agencies and to the community in general
    • Works proactively to build relationships with the professional community and external stakeholders to advance the opportunities for partnerships and collaboration
    • Coordinates the drafting of text and documents, e.g., brochures, press releases, annual reports and confidential correspondence
    • Attends senior administrative meetings in the Dean’s absence
    • Participates in Advancement and fund raising initiatives


In addition to the duties outlined above, the Associate Dean will be expected to teach one (1) course per year in the Faculty of Law.

REVIEW DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed commencing December 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

For further information please contact Dean of Law, Professor Bradford Morse, at; or the Dean’s assistant at

Please submit your complete application package, including your detailed cover letter identifying your research and teaching interests, curricula vitae, transcripts, and the name of three academic referees through TRU’s Human Resources website.

We wish to thank all applicants, however, only those under active consideration will be contacted.



  • Professional profile suitable for appointment as a tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor in Law
  • LLB/JD and LLM; PhD preferred



  • Extensive record of service including significant administrative contributions, e.g. as Assistant Dean, School/Department chair or program coordinator
  • Highly effective leadership and team building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional activity, including involvement in the development, delivery and/or administration of online learning
  • Substantial track record in research and pedagogy
  • Experience in curriculum, policy development and the academic approval process
  • Strong commitment and demonstrable evidence to working in responsive and meaningful ways in support of indigenizing higher education, and supporting Indigenous peoples’ successful outcomes in post-secondary education
  • Strong commitment to collegiality and consensus building across organizational, disciplinary, and program boundaries
  • Ability to handle situations that require diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Ability to make difficult decisions and take action
  • Strong entrepreneurial and financial management skills including market research, fund raising, project management, and budgeting
  • Willingness to manage cost-recovery programs
  • Experience in managing in a unionized environment that includes employee recruitment and selection, evaluation, conflict resolution, contract negotiation, and the grievance process
  • Good knowledge of the academic governance system of TRU and the University’s academic and service divisions
Please Note: If you are selected for interview, External Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview

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