The Opportunity

Fordham University School of Law seeks a creative and collaborative leader to serve as its next assistant dean for international and non-JD programs. This is an on-site, in-person role, and the expected start date is late June/early July 2022.

Fordham University School of Law (Fordham Law School or Fordham Law) is a leading force in legal education, boasting one of the nation’s most accomplished student bodies, an enduring commitment to academic excellence, and a virtually unrivaled record of graduate employment. Established in 1905, Fordham Law School builds on the University’s commitment to service and today offers several law degree programs—JD, LLM, SJD, and an MSL degree for non-lawyers. Fordham Law School offers dynamic academic programs, including business and corporate law; constitutional law; administrative law; intellectual property, privacy and information law; and international law; and numerous public service initiatives. Located on the west side of Manhattan, as part of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, the School leverages its strengths of community, faculty, devoted alumni, and place in the nation’s commercial and legal capital, providing an exceptional preparation for service-oriented lawyers, counselors, problem solvers, advocates, and leaders ready to address the needs of clients around the globe.

The Position

Role of the Assistant Dean for International and Non-JD Programs for Fordham University School of Law

Reporting to the associate dean for academic affairs and the dean of the law school, the assistant dean for international and non-JD programs (assistant dean) provides strategic and administrative leadership for the Office of International and Non-JD Programs to leverage Fordham Law School’s expertise and strengths, bringing Fordham Law’s educational experience to a global student base while raising the Law School’s national and international profile. The assistant dean is responsible for the strategic development of the office, overseeing existing programs (degree, short-term, certificate, and executive), developing new programs and institutional partnerships, and acting as a public face of the office’s programs to attract students and program participants. As one of the most visible ambassadors for Fordham Law, the assistant dean will be deeply engaged with program alumni around the globe, and domestic and international travel will be an important component of the assistant dean’s role.

In addition to supervising a staff of seven full-time employees, the assistant dean will oversee all aspects of existing degree (LLM, MSL, and SJD) and non-degree programs run by the Office of International and Non-JD Programs (including the Legal English Institute, the Pre-Law Institute, the Summer Institute, Structural Issues in Law Firm Management, and the Leadership Academy for Women in Law). This senior leader will market the office’s programs to increase enrollment of outstanding candidates while identifying, developing, and implementing degree, certificate, executive, and other programs for a diverse group of legal and non-legal professionals in both face-to-face and online formats. Given the significant international student enrollment in non-JD programs, the assistant dean will ensure that the office and its staff are highly attuned to the needs of, and champions for, international students in their academic, cultural, and social transition to Fordham Law School and the United States.

History of the Position

Toni Jaeger-Fine has served as the assistant dean for international and non-JD programs since 2006, when the office was created. She is widely credited for providing exceptional leadership and vision for the Office of International and Non-JD Programs and has exponentially grown the scope and impact of the office during her tenure. Jaeger-Fine has announced that she will step away from the assistant dean position upon the naming of her successor. She will be available to assist with the onboarding and integration of her successor while continuing her service as a valued member of the Fordham Law community.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The next assistant dean is positioned to have significant influence in shaping the future direction of Fordham University Law School at a critical time in its history. This is a high-profile position with many stakeholders, potential collaborators, and broad responsibilities. The new assistant dean will follow a well-respected leader and be positioned to build on the existing strengths of the Office of International and Non-JD Programs. Simultaneously, the assistant dean will be afforded the opportunity to infuse new ideas and nurture a culture of strategic management that will enhance practices, systems, and service to Fordham Law’s international and non-JD students while also focusing on key enrollment metrics in a competitive market.

Additional priorities and challenges as outlined by stakeholders include:

  • Student-facing responsibilities:
    • The assistant dean must appreciate the experience, expectations, and unique needs that a predominantly international student population (from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America) brings to their LLM and other non-JD studies.
    • Identifying critical student services—such as advising, career planning, and community building—and devising strategies for continuous improvement will be an essential focus for the assistant dean.
    • The office has responsibility for the marketing and administration of existing international exchange programs for J.D. students. The assistant dean will have an opportunity to strategically build on the current offering by identifying and negotiating with new study abroad partners.
  • Supporting professional development and building staff capacity:
    • Upon arrival, the assistant dean will need to assess the current staffing model and delegation of responsibilities against the mission and strategic priorities of the office.
    • Aligning talents, providing appropriate growth opportunities, and building capacity among staff are essential in developing a high-functioning and resilient team.
  • Enrollment and marketing priorities:
    • Given the pandemic and other world events, Fordham Law has not been immune to the enrollment challenges faced by many institutions. With regard to the LLM and MSL programs, the assistant dean must be invested in strengthening both in-person and online enrollments as these provide a vital source of revenue.
    • There is a need to continually evaluate other non-JD degree and professional development offerings to assure alignment with evolving market opportunities. The assistant dean must oversee current programs while looking to the future to plan new program initiatives that will capitalize on Fordham Law School’s resources and expertise to prepare future generations of legal professionals.
    • The time is right for the new assistant dean to seize the opportunity to grow online program enrollment, promoting the distinctive qualities of a Fordham Law degree or specialized certificate. The new assistant dean must come equipped with a vision and commitment to realize this objective.
    • The assistant dean will work collaboratively with the Law School’s marketing and communications department to raise the profile of international and non-JD programs domestically and globally.
    • The assistant dean will identify strategies for maximizing relationships with feeder institutions and firms locally and internationally to drive enrollment into degree programs and a myriad of non-degree programs.
    • It will be essential to build, sustain, and appropriately leverage international contacts to support Fordham Law’s strategic objectives.
  • Building a collaborative culture:
    • As a new member of the leadership team at Fordham Law, the assistant dean will want to invest time and effort to build relationships up, down, and across administrative units and with the faculty at the Law School and in the broader University community. Relationships based on mutual respect are fundamental to advancing collaboration and integrated student services amongst departments within the law school and promoting positive change. Fordham University is a large institution comprised of nine schools and three campuses. The University also sponsors a robust international and study abroad program. Identifying and intentionally cultivating working relationships with colleagues across the University who share mutual interests will lead to valuable partnerships and improved use of resources while furthering a spirit of cultivation and integration.
  • General management:
    • The position of assistant dean has grown somewhat organically throughout assistant dean Jaeger-Fine’s tenure. With the arrival of a new assistant dean, an effort will need to be made to better define and communicate to the School as a whole the key functions, mission, and purpose of the position, as well as the units reporting up to the assistant dean.
    • The assistant dean will be expected to evaluate current systems, policies, procedures, and practices to identify and implement changes that will streamline and automate some of the department’s functions and services.
    • Fostering an atmosphere of innovation where both high-tech (e.g., optimization of technology) and high-touch engagement are valued is a key management objective for the assistant dean.
  • Alumni engagement:
    • Alumni of the international and non-JD programs are a valuable yet historically underutilized resource. The new assistant dean will want to build an understanding of existing alumni chapters and work collaboratively with alumni relations colleagues to help define a purpose and structure that will engage a greater number of LLM, MSL, SJD, and certificate program graduates to support Fordham Law and its current and future generations of students.
    • The assistant dean will need to develop a strategy to raise the visibility and value of Fordham Law School by harnessing the goodwill and influence of program alumni within their respective employment organizations (legal firms, government agencies, corporations, etc.). This will help strengthen dialogue around emerging skills and competencies needed by future graduates, impact fundraising opportunities, and give rise to new and expanded program offerings that will ultimately build enrollment, revenue, and Fordham Law’s global reputation.

Measures of Success

The next assistant dean for international and non-JD programs will work with the associate dean for academic affairs and the dean of the law school to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. Search stakeholders have offered the following general metrics for the position:

  • The assistant dean has made a clear investment in learning the operations, programs, and, importantly, the people and their roles that determine the success of all international and non-JD programs. The assistant dean is working well with team members and has built an understanding of their individual and collective strengths. Within their first year and while working collaboratively, the assistant dean has forged a vision for the future of the office. The vision projects an understanding of Fordham’s role in addressing international problems core to its mission.
  • The assistant dean has made a genuine connection with each cohort of enrolled students. When these students leave, they associate the positive relationship forged with the assistant dean with their overall Fordham experience.
  • The assistant dean has leveraged their professional network to identify new markets for executive professional education.
  • The assistant dean has developed strong partnerships with law school peers and created a culture of collaboration amongst departments within the law school to integrate student support services that will enhance the student experience and improve efficiencies within the office.
  • The assistant dean has found balance in the needs and demands of the position. Through diplomacy, intellect, and sound judgment, the assistant dean has found a way to respond to varying and conflicting needs. A clear structure and set of goals are in place for the team. A clear vision has been articulated, and both staff and functions are aligned with the vision.

Qualifications

Qualifications and Characteristics

This position is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic visionary with substantial administrative experience in an academic setting. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills; strong customer service and organizational skills; ability to interact well with a variety of people, offices, and departments; experience working with non-US lawyers and law students; and a robust network of domestic and foreign legal professionals.

A law degree is required; a law degree from the US is strongly preferred. For exceptional candidates, substantial work experience in a US law school may suffice in lieu of a law degree. The search committee particularly invites applications from individuals who have a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; a passion for working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders; and an affinity for the distinctive mission and character of Fordham University Law School.

The following capabilities and attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate:

  • Well-developed management skills—able to lead people and continuous improvement.
  • A comprehensive understanding of LLM and other graduate degree programs in US legal education.
  • Established relationships within the New York law school and legal market environment and with international partners.
  • A proactive approach and eagerness to build relationships from the ground up.
  • Able to actively seize opportunities to promote Fordham Law School, its students, faculty, and staff.
  • Politically astute and capable of working effectively with a wide array of personalities.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with the ability to scan the environment for opportunities and implement creative solutions that add value.

Institution & Location

Overview of Fordham Law’s International and Non-JD Programs

LLM Degree—Masters of Laws

The LLM curriculum combines a foundation in enduring legal principles, outstanding opportunities for real-world training, and exposure to emerging theories, techniques, and technologies. With nine LLM program areas to choose from, students have the opportunity to specialize in a legal discipline with the support of Fordham Law’s world-renowned faculty. Beyond the classroom, LLM degree candidates have access to extensive experiential learning opportunities, where they can apply interests and gain practical training.

Areas of specialization within the LLM degree include:

  • Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Fashion Law
  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
  • International Business and Trade Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Law and Justice
  • Real Estate Law
  • S. Law

For students who have received their primary law degrees outside the U.S., Fordham Law offers a host of programs designed to help ease the transition to U.S. legal study.

MSL Degree—Master of Studies in Law

The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program provides a unique advantage for professionals interested in Corporate Compliance or Fashion Law: a master’s degree that grounds one in a legal perspective critical to these career fields.

Full-time (one year/two semesters) and part-time study options are available.  MSL programs are offered in both in-person and online formats.

SJD Program—Doctor of Juridical Science

The SJD program is research-based and leads to a final original project of publishable quality. Students are enrolled full-time and must be in residence for at least the first year. In this program, students complete a dissertation-length project reflecting an original work of scholarship that contributes meaningfully to the existing literature in the field. Candidates complete the program with the preparation and oral defense of a dissertation.

Overview of the Division of Academic Affairs

Within Fordham University School of Law, the Academic Affairs function comprises the following:

  • Office of the Associate Dean
  • International & Non-JD Degree Programs
  • Registrar
  • Student Affairs
  • Law Library
  • Legal Writing
  • Centers and Institutes
  • IP Institute
  • Corporate Law Center
  • Stein Center
  • Feerick Center
  • Center on Law & Information Policy
  • Moore Trial Advocacy Center
  • Leitner Center
  • Urban Law Center
  • Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer’s Work
  • National Security
  • Center on Race, Law, and Justice
  • Center for Judicial Events and Clerkships
  • National Center for Access to Justice

Leadership of the Division – Joseph Landau, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Joseph Landau was appointed associate dean of academic affairs—a key member of the Fordham Law senior administration—in March 2021, succeeding Linda Sugin. She had served as associate dean of academic affairs for the previous four years.

Dean Landau is a professor of law and an expert in the fields of civil and constitutional procedure. He joined Fordham Law in 2010 as a member of the faculty. Before being appointed associate dean, Landau chaired Fordham Law’s strategic planning process, served as a beloved house leader deeply involved in helping students find their first jobs after graduating, and led mission-critical searches to fill key administrative positions. He received Fordham Law’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2012-2013 and 2019-2020. In 2012, the National LGBT Bar Association named him one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. He is a recipient of the Fordham Law Dean’s Distinguished Research Award for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Professor Landau graduated from Yale Law School in 2002 and clerked for the Hon. David Trager of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Hon. Betty Binns Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before joining the Fordham faculty, he was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where in addition to specializing in securities litigation, he co-directed the Firm’s pro bono practice group in immigration and international human rights (including Guantánamo Bay litigation). From 2010 to 2013, he was board chairman of Immigration Equality and the Immigration Equality Action Fund. Prior to law school, Professor Landau was the assistant managing editor at The New Republic magazine in Washington, D.C.

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: AN OVERVIEW

Fordham University School of Law is a professional graduate school of Fordham University. The school is located in the borough of Manhattan in New York City and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city. Among the 2018 graduates of Fordham Law that sat for the bar exam within two years of their graduation date, 96.29 percent passed the bar exam.

Fordham Law has been coeducational since 1918. Ruth Whitehead Whaley became the first black woman to enroll at Fordham Law, graduating at the top of her class in 1924. Within one year of graduating, Whaley became one of the first black women admitted to practice law in New York.

Fordham-trained professionals working across the global legal marketplace are savvy, know the law, have strong judgment, and possess the skills to solve real-world problems. Whether employed by firms, businesses, government agencies, or community organizations, Fordham graduates are committed to service with an integrity that is a hallmark of Fordham’s Jesuit tradition. Fordham graduates serve clients and the public at the highest levels as counselors, problem solvers, advocates, and leaders. These qualities stem from and reflect Fordham Law School’s unique approach to legal education, which is grounded in deep commitments to excellence, an ethos of care, valuing the individual while building community, and the belief that law and legal professionals can nurture human flourishing.

Located in new and stunning surroundings in arguably the greatest city in the world, Fordham Law School offers students the extraordinary advantages of a large institution of learning while providing individualized training, focus, and mentorship from a world-class faculty. And Fordham’s extended network of dedicated alumni helps create opportunities within the profession while ensuring that the Law School itself remains strong.

According to Fordham University School of Law’s 2020 ABA-required disclosures, 87.3 percent of the Class of 2020 obtained full-time, long-term, “JD/Bar Passage Required” employment within ten months after graduation. Approximately 10.8 percent of 2020 graduates were employed in “JD Advantage” positions.

As ranked by U.S. News & World Report “Grad Compass,” 2022 edition, eight of Fordham’s programs in specialty areas are among the nation’s top 25.

Nationally Ranked Programs

  • Trial Advocacy, #8
  • Dispute Resolution, #17
  • Business/Corporate Law #18
  • Criminal Law #18
  • International Law, #18
  • Clinical Training, #19
  • Intellectual Property Law, #19
  • Contracts/Commercial Law #23

Fordham Law is one of the top 25 law schools measured in terms of JD Class of 2020 initial employment with Big Law (firms with 101+ attorneys) and federal clerkships reported to the ABA. According to the March 4, 2021 issue of National Law Journal (NLJ), Fordham Law ranks 17th in terms of the percentage of the JD Class of 2020 hired by the largest 100 law firms. The NLJ also reported that Fordham Law ranks 18th in the number of alumni promoted to partner.

The Fordham Law alumni community of over 22,000 people is a global network. Graduates can be found in all 50 states and 93 countries worldwide, with a very high concentration of alumni in the New York City metropolitan area. The Fordham Law Alumni Association is one of the country’s largest law school alumni associations.

In its March 2021 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham Law as 35th among 197 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The Law School’s part-time, evening program is ranked third (#3) out of 70 such programs.

Fordham Law is also among the country’s most diverse law schools. Black male enrollment in the first-year class at Fordham Law ranked fifth among all 200 American law schools in 2020. In the most recent entering JD class, 32 percent are students of color—a number growing from previous years and indicative of Fordham Law’s commitment to improving processes for admitting and recruiting students from underrepresented groups.

Fordham Law School is ranked number 19 in this year’s “Go-To Law School” ranking by the National Law Journal. The publication ranks law schools based on the percentage of the most recent graduating class sent to the largest 100 law firms. Fordham Law School sent more than 36 percent of the J.D. Class of 2018 to the largest firms.

Leadership of the Law School 

Matthew Diller – Dean of the School of Law

Matthew Diller is dean of Fordham Law School and the Paul Fuller Professor of Law. He is one of the nation’s leading voices on access to justice issues and a prominent scholar of social welfare law and policy.

Dean Diller has lectured and written extensively on the legal dimensions of social welfare policy, including public assistance, Social Security and disability programs, and disability law and policy. His articles have appeared in The Yale Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, NYU Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Michigan Law Review, among other publications. He is widely cited as an expert by the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and National Law Journal. He has taught a range of law school classes, including Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Social Welfare Law, and Public Interest Law.

In addition to his work as an administrator and scholar, Dean Diller is a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice and is chair of the commission’s Committee on Law School Involvement. He also serves on the board of The Legal Aid Society of New York and is co-chair of the Council on the Profession at the New York City Bar Association, where he has served as a vice president and member of the executive committee. In addition, Dean Diller is a member of the Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has also served on the boards of Legal Services NYC, where he was vice-chair, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and Volunteers of Legal Service.

Dean Diller received an AB and a JD, both magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for the Honorable Walter R. Mansfield of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Dean Diller worked as a staff attorney in the civil appeals and law reform unit of The Legal Aid Society from 1986 to 1993. Dean Diller began his teaching career at Fordham Law in 1993 and was named the Cooper Family Professor of Law and co-director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the associate dean for academic affairs. Before being appointed dean of Fordham Law in 2015, he served as dean at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law from 2009 to 2015.

Widely recognized by the legal community and beyond, Dean Diller has received numerous awards for his work and scholarship. In 1991, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York honored him with a legal services award. In 2014, the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded him the Deborah L. Rhode Award for his leadership in legal education and public service. At Fordham Law School, he has been recognized with the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for the Advancement of Urban Law from the Fordham Urban Law Journal (2000), the Eugene J. Keefe Award for outstanding contributions to the Law School (2002), and the Dean’s Medal of Achievement (2009).

  • The Dean’s Leadership Team

The following leadership positions at Fordham Law report directly to Dean Diller:

  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Associate Dean, Research
  • Associate Dean, Experiential Learning
  • Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives
  • Assistant Dean/Assistant Vice President, Development
  • Assistant Dean, Administration
  • Assistant Dean, Career Planning Center
  • Assistant Dean, Enrollment Services
  • Senior Director, Communications
  • Assistant Dean, Finance
  • Assistant Dean, Registrar
  • Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Academic Planning
  • Assistant Dean, Public Interest
  • Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
  • Assistant Dean, International and Non-JD Programs

Strategic Plan and Capital Campaign – Fordham Law Forward

Under the leadership of Dean Diller, Fordham Law is engaged in a strategic plan and fundraising campaign aptly named “Forward.” In the strategic plan, Fordham Law School commits itself to the following six strategic objectives:

  • Anticipating the demands of a changing legal profession
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive community
  • Increasing our scholarly impact
  • Deepening our commitment to service
  • Bringing Fordham Law School to new audiences
  • Enhancing the value of a Fordham Law School education

Strengthening the student experience is a crucial focus of the strategic plan and central to the Forward fundraising initiatives. This campaign is directed towards supporting Fordham Law’s ability to attract a talented and diverse class year after year and will ensure every single student feels valued and engaged. Much is already being done to advance these objectives; however, the School also recognizes there is more work to be done.

Forward focuses on three aspects of the student experience:

  • Helping students get in, gear up, and go beyond
    • Recruitment and Retention
    • Personal and Professional Development
    • Careers and Passions
  • Preparing students to solve real-world problems
    • Service and Advocacy
    • Business Law
    • Policy
  • Challenging students to think critically about the law

For additional information regarding Fordham Law’s strategic plan and capital campaign, visit:

https://www.fordham.edu/info/27349/strategic_plan

https://www.fordham.edu/info/28923/forward_campaign

Student Body

There are approximately 1,332 students enrolled at Fordham University School of Law, of which 422 are students in the International and Non-JD Programs.

Student Demographics

  • White: 59.9 percent
  • Hispanic:  10.1 percent
  • Asian:10.8 percent
  • Black or African American:6.98 percent
  • Unknown: 0.1 percent
  • International: 3.98 percent
  • Two or More Races: 4 percent
  • American Indian: 0.1 percent
  • Pacific Islander:  0 percent

Full-time Enrolled: 1,150

Gender Distribution

  • Female:  54.7 percent
  • Male: 45.3 percent

Institutional Background – Fordham University

The origins of Fordham University can be traced to 1839 when John Hughes, the Bishop of New York, bought 100 acres at Rose Hill in the Fordham section of what was then Westchester County. Though facing financial difficulties in starting St. John’s College, Bishop Hughes, a poor Irish immigrant himself, saw education as the indispensable means for his immigrant flock to break out of poverty and better themselves economically and socially in their adopted homeland. St. John’s College opened its doors in 1841 as a diocesan institution with six students.

In 1846, for both financial and personnel reasons, Bishop Hughes was happy to sell St. John’s College to a religious order with an international reputation as professional educators—the Society of Jesus. Throughout the later nineteenth century, St. John’s College remained a small liberal arts college.

From College to University

In 1904 the president, Father John J. Collins, SJ, announced that St. John’s College would become a university. Still, the transition from St. John’s College to Fordham University was a gradual process spread over several decades, beginning in 1905 with the opening of the first of two graduate schools. The first graduate school, the Medical School, opened and subsequently closed within 16 years. However, the second graduate school, the Law School, flourished from the beginning despite a somewhat nomadic existence that necessitated four changes of location in the first ten years.

The Lincoln Center Campus

A significant milestone in the development of Fordham University took place with the establishment of the Lincoln Center Campus in the 1960s. Fordham’s new Manhattan campus had an inauspicious beginning in December 1954, when Father Laurence J. McGinley, SJ, the President of Fordham, asked Robert Moses, New York City’s master planner and quintessential power broker if Fordham could rent five floors in the new Coliseum office building to be constructed at Columbus Circle. Moses turned down the initial request and, in its place, suggested that Fordham assume a role in what became known as the Lincoln Square Urban Renewal Project, one block west of the Coliseum. This project was also responsible for the creation of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and included the Juilliard School.

That conversation between Robert Moses and Father McGinley started the most important dream in Fordham’s history. The Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University gradually took shape between 1961, when the Law School building was dedicated, and 1969, when the Lowenstein Building became the home of a new liberal arts college and the graduate schools of Education, Social Service, and Business Administration. In August 2014, the Law School moved into a new, state-of-the-art building at Lincoln Center—part of a 22-story structure also housing 425 undergraduate students—and its former building was then renovated to accommodate the Gabelli School of Business.

Mission

Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality. Guided by its Catholic and Jesuit traditions, Fordham fosters the intellectual, moral, and religious development of its students and prepares them for leadership in a global society.

Strategic Plan

A Strategic Framework for Fordham’s Future, the adoption of which was announced by Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane, SJ, on October 25, 2016, is a milestone in the University’s planning process. It replaced a decades-old static approach with a dynamic strategy that focuses on perfecting the process of providing Fordham students with an excellent Jesuit education.

The three main goals of the planning process are:

  • To ensure the University is responsive to new trends in higher education
  • To empower faculty and staff to share in decisions that will affect the University’s future
  • To allow each department to contribute to the process in a way that benefits their faculty, staff, and the communities they serve

These goals emerge from the University’s Jesuit mission and the need to be attentive to the needs of providing high-quality education in the diverse, ever-changing landscapes of New York City and U.S. higher education.

To read more about the strategic plan:

https://news.fordham.edu/university-news/board-of-trustees-adopts-new-strategic-plan/

University Leadership

Joseph M. McShane, SJ, who has led Fordham University for nearly two decades, fostering one of the most remarkable periods of sustained growth in the 180-year history of the Jesuit University of New York and providing steady, decisive stewardship amid the coronavirus pandemic, has announced his intention to step down as president at the conclusion of the academic year, on June 30, 2022.

Tania Tetlow, JD, a former law professor and current president of Loyola University New Orleans who has deep ties to the Jesuits and New York, has been named the 33rd president of Fordham. She will be the first layperson and first woman to lead the University in its 181-year history. Her tenure will begin on July 1, 2022.

To read more about the legacy of Father McShane and the upcoming presidential leadership transition, visit:

https://www.fordham.edu/info/21685/office_of_the_president

Academic Programs and Faculty of Fordham University

Fordham University comprises nine schools, operating across three campuses (residential campuses at Rose Hill in the Bronx and Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and a branch campus in Westchester, New York).

Faculty Demographics and Other Key Statistics

Full-time instructors: 747
Men: 54 percent
Women: 46 percent
Underrepresented populations: 24 percent

Tenured faculty: 456
Men: 60 percent
Women: 40 percent
Underrepresented populations: 20 percent

Part-time instructional staff: 833
Men: 50 percent
Women: 50 percent
Underrepresented populations: 18 percent

Fulbright scholarships since 2003: 194
Awards and scholarships since 2003:  1597
Health professional school acceptance rate: 78 percent
Community service hours annually:  over 1 million annually
NYC-based internship companies: 3500

Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Fordham University School of Law, the following benefits are available:

  • Health Insurance – United Healthcare
  • Dental Insurance – Cigna
  • Vision Insurance – VSP
  • Retirement Plans – TIAA and Fidelity
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life and Disability Insurance – MetLife
  • Vacation, Sick, Personal Leave, and Holidays – employees of less than five years receive 15 days of vacation annually, two personal days per calendar year, 12 sick days per calendar year, two personal days, and approximately 25 holidays
  • Educational Benefits – after six months of employment, an eligible employee receives 100 percent tuition remission, maximum of 24 credits for an academic year; dependents are eligible for 100 percent tuition remission, no credit limit

Please visit the following page for additional information: https://www.fordham.edu/info/23397/human_resources

Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination

Fordham University School of Law has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter.Nominations for this position may be emailed to Roxanna P. Cuz at rpc@spelmanjohnson.com or Michel R. Frendian at mrf@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Employment, or continuation thereof, at Fordham Law School is contingent upon being fully COVID-19 vaccinated (unless a medical/religious exemption is approved by Fordham); proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required before the start of employment.

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