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Physical Address:
Administration Building
Room 105
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

Phone: 208-885-6448
Fax: 208-885-6558
provost@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 3152
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

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Dean, College of Law

The Search Advisory Committee together with Provost and Executive Vice President Torrey Lawrence are pleased to announce finalists for the Dean, College of Law position.

Information about the open forums and each finalist is provided below. If you are unable to attend, the open forum will be recorded and posted to this website following the final candidate’s session.

The recordings and feedback form will be accessible until noon PDT, Thursday, April 4. Feedback submitted via this online form is confidential and provided directly to the Provost/EVP.

Peter Letsou
Peter Letsou

Peter Letsou

Law Dean Open Session

Recorded Monday, March 18

Aviva Abramovsky
Aviva Abramovsky

Aviva Abramovsky

Law Dean Open Session

Recorded Wednesday, March 20

Anna Carpenter
Anna Carpenter

Anna Carpenter

Law Dean Open Session

Recorded Wednesday, March 27

Elena Langan
Elena Langan

Elena Langan

Law Dean Open Session

Recorded Thursday, March 28

Position Information

The dean has responsibility to oversee and implement policies and priorities of the college and university. The Dean for the College of Law leads the college faculty in the development of policies and priorities governing the academic programs of the college. The dean facilitates the appropriate inclusion of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in the college decision-making processes. The academic programs of the college are directly affected by program planning, definitions of goals and priorities, instructional methods and standards, student advising, mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders, research policies, allocation of resources, fund-raising, and the development of professional standards related to the branches of learning for which the college is responsible. The academic programs of the college include graduate/professional instruction and research activity. It is expected that the dean satisfactorily employs strategies to implement objectives and achieve the four goals of the University’s Strategic Plan while carrying out the mission of the college.

It is preferred that the new dean be based in Moscow on the University of Idaho’s main campus, in the nexus of the President, Provost, Cabinet, and the other academic deans, and travel to and from the Boise campus. However, the U of I is open to consideration of the new dean being based in Boise, with travel to and from the Moscow campus, for the right candidate who can articulate how they would lead the law school from Boise while being a visible, accessible, and integral part of the Moscow campus’ academic leadership team.

Established in 1909, the University of Idaho College of Law is among the best small state public law schools in the U.S. We emphasize quality over quantity, have an average enrollment of 300 students and guarantee the personal attention each student deserves. Recognized as a Best Value law school by “preLaw Magazine,” University of Idaho’s in-state tuition is well below average, with in-state residency a straightforward process that is easy to achieve. COL is also considered to be the most affordable law school in the region. As one of 16 members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), U of I participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Students who are residents of the WICHE-region can enroll in COL and pay resident tuition rates.

Experiential learning opportunities complement the classroom experience, and we provide practical opportunities for students to refine their lawyering skills while helping those most in need. We have a robust Semester in Practice program and several in-house legal clinics in which third year law students take cases, conduct research, and draft documents under the supervision of practicing attorneys, judges, or policymakers. Students and employers report that University of Idaho College of Law graduates leave law school well equipped to practice law.

The University of Idaho has a statewide mission to deliver affordable public legal education. As part of that mission, the College of Law has developed a focused, high-quality curriculum, including opportunities for professional development, hands-on legal clinics, and networking in Moscow and Boise. Students have the option to complete all three years in either Moscow or Boise. This option broadens and deepens the Juris Doctor curriculum with emphasis areas that correlate with Moscow’s academic campus and Boise’s entrepreneurial and governmental opportunities. Each of these communities presents a distinct array of venues for learning, professional development, and recreation.

To learn more about the College of Law, visit https://www.uidaho.edu/law.

  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited law university.
  • Accomplishments and experience to merit an appointment with tenure and rank of full professor at COL, or truly exemplary accomplishments in the legal field otherwise commensurate with the dean’s role and responsibilities.
  • Leadership experience including: personnel management, resource management (finances, facilities, equipment, etc.) and quality programming / delivery.
  • Evidence of original initiatives focused on improving excellence in teaching, research, outreach, mentoring and/or student success.
  • Experience with strategic planning and visioning to successfully address change, managing program/professional-level accreditation and program assessment, increasing student enrollment and attracting and retaining a diverse student and employee population.
  • Experience developing and advancing philanthropic opportunities, economic development, extramurally funded research or other fundraising efforts.

  • Interpersonal and communication skills to develop, maintain and work successfully with faculty, staff, department administrators, peer colleagues, students, alumni and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to create and nurture a safe, welcoming and dynamic learning environment of belonging for all students, staff and faculty.

Search Committee Members

  • Brooke Blevins - Dean, College of Education Health and Human Sciences, Chair, bblevins@uidaho.edu
  • Stephanie Ballis - Director of Development, Boise
  • Brenda Bauges - Clinical Assistant Professor & Associate Dean for Inclusion, Boise
  • Julia Chuckovich - Law Student Representative, Boise
  • Wendy Couture – University Distinguished Professor, Boise
  • Josh Diaz -  Law Student Representative, Moscow
  • Stacy Etheredge – Associate Professor, Boise
  • Linda Jellum – Professor, Moscow
  • Ryan Lincoln – Clinical Assistant Professor, Moscow
  • Tim Murphy – Assistant Professor, Boise
  • Mike Nugen – College Business Officer, Moscow
  • David Pimentel – Professor, Moscow
  • Tom Prohaska – Advisory Board Member
  • Cari Espenschade – Search Coordinator, cari@uidaho.edu

Feb. 16, 2024  First Consideration Date
March 4-8, 2024 Semifinalist Interviews via Zoom
March 18-29, 2024 Finalist On-Campus Interviews

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. The student population numbers more than 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as “higher research activity,” University researchers expended over $109 million in expenditures last year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, and a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 120 Bachelor's, 83 Master's and 33 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education, Health and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community, the University of Idaho actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With extension offices in 42 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension and collaboration. The University provides access to publicly supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the U of I College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman, Washington.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With more than 200 student groups and a vibrant culture, the University is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, for which U of I became the first public university to receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest arts honor. Vandal athletic teams compete in 14 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.

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Contact Us

Physical Address:
Administration Building
Room 105
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

Phone: 208-885-6448
Fax: 208-885-6558
provost@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 3152
Moscow, ID
83844-3152

Directions