Instructional Faculty - Legal Studies

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Faculty - 7423
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Instructional Faculty - Legal Studies

Open Rank - Professor

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University invites applications for a Professor in the field of Legal Studies (including Constitutional Law, Public Law, Judicial Process, Law and Society, Comparative Legal Studies, and related fields) to begin in Fall 2019. This search is open with respect to rank as we seek to hire either an established scholar with an excellent record of research or an emerging scholar with high potential. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Schar School has over 80 faculty members with backgrounds in political science, public policy, computer science, anthropology, economics, and engineering. The School houses three Ph.D. programs, 13 Master's degree programs, and two undergraduate degree programs. The School is housed on two campuses in Fairfax and Arlington, Virginia both of which are located within the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It has unmatched geographical access to federal agencies, national laboratories, and non-governmental organizations, as well as one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation. The D.C. metropolitan area is also consistently rated among the best places to live in the United States. The Schar School receives over $3 million in annual research funding, and is the beneficiary of a generous naming gift from the philanthropist Dwight Schar. The terms of this gift are publicly available and the Schar School is committed to scholarly independence, integrity, and excellence. More information can be found at

George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 35,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason has been an R1 university since 2016 (Carnegie Classifications), and has received top rankings among "Up-and-Coming" national universities (U.S. News and World Report).

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) by the position's start date. (Candidates with a JD and an exceptional record of scholarship also will be considered.) George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages applications from candidates who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Candidates must be prepared to teach courses that open the field of legal studies to undergraduates, and that make unique contributions within our multidisciplinary graduate program.

Preferred Qualifications: We prefer candidates whose research is both impactful within a sub-discipline, and also addresses substantive issues of broad contemporary concern. Such issues might include, but are by no means restricted to, civil rights, immigration, or gender. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to research and teaching; s/he will advise students, participate in all aspects of the school's mission, and serve the profession.

For full consideration, applicants must apply through the George Mason University website: Complete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals, statement of teaching philosophy and/or evidence of successful teaching, and a list of three references, with contact information. Applications received before September 30, 2018 will be given full consideration although the position will remain open until filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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