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The need for professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the law is growing and those prepared to help others navigate the complex world of regulations and individual rights are in demand.

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Legal Studies Faculty Position

Legal Studies, an interdisciplinary department in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), seeks applications for a tenure track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position with expertise in law and one other academic field. The position will begin on August 16, 2016.

Candidates must hold a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, and an advanced research degree such as Ph.D, LL.M, S.J.D., or J.D.S. The candidate must be willing to work as a member of a collegial, interdisciplinary faculty and must be able to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with expertise in law and one other academic discipline that builds on our current research and teaching expertise.  Teaching experience at the college or university level is required. Candidates must be willing to teach in both an on campus and online format; prior online teaching experience is a plus.

Campus Information:  Located in the state capital, UIS is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois.  The UIS campus serves approximately 5,000 students in 23 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs.  The academic curriculum of the campus emphasizes a strong liberal arts core, an array of professional programs, extensive opportunities in experiential education, and a broad engagement in public affairs issues of the day.  The campus offers many small classes, substantial student-faculty interaction, and a rapidly evolving technology-enhanced learning environment.  Our diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning.  UIS faculty members are committed teachers, active scholars, and engaged professionals in service to society.

APPLICATION: To apply, go to, click the “Apply for Position” button below, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload a letter of application, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials will be considered. To maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the search, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Review of applications will begin Oct 18, 2015, and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Free Online Course on the Innocence Movement

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Innocence Movement is being offered by UIS Legal Studies Assistant Professor Gwen Jordan.  The Innocence Movement MOOC is a free, six-week course which begins on February 2, 2015.  The course is designed to introduce and educate members of the public about the serious issues of wrongful conviction, the work of the innocence movement, and strategies to prevent wrongful convictions in the future.  Currently no academic or continuing education credit is awarded for MOOCs offered at UIS.  Registration information can be found at: