University of Connecticut, School of Law

Position ID:UConn-School of Law-494684 [#16594, 494684]
Position Title: Director, Insurance Law Center and Professor of Law
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Hartford, Connecticut 06105-229, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/07/27, listed until 2021/04/25)
Position Description:    

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INTRODUCTION

The University of Connecticut School of Law solicits applications for a faculty position as Director of the Law School’s Insurance Law Center (ILC) to commence in the fall of 2021.  Under the general direction of the Dean, the Director will lead the School of Law’s programs in research, teaching, and service and engagement in the areas of insurance and financial risk and regulation.

The ILC was founded in 1998 with a generous endowment from the insurance community in Hartford, America’s historic “insurance capital.”  Today, the ILC is recognized globally as the world leader in the study of law, insurance, and risk.  For over two decades, its unparalleled L.L.M. program has attracted lawyers, professors, and insurance regulators from the U.S. and around the world for graduate studies.  The ILC is unique in its interdisciplinary research on the role of insurance in society.  Its full-time faculty brings a wide array of disciplines, including law, economics, finance, history, sociology, linguistics and philosophy, to the study of risk-pooling and financial services law.  Together with experienced adjunct faculty, students, financial regulators, members of the insurance bar and fellow scholars at other universities, the ILC explores the issues of the day in scholarly workshops and conferences.  The Center also hosts visiting scholars from around the world, has an insurance law collection unmatched by any other U.S. university, and publishes the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.

The School of Law is the top-ranked public law school in the Northeast.  Its nationally-landmarked campus in Hartford sits close to the headquarters of several global insurance companies, as well as the state capitol and courts.  The Law School hosts four student journals, over forty student organizations, extensive clinical and service engagement with the surrounding communities, and one of the largest law libraries in the world.  More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the wider University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

The successful candidate will receive a faculty appointment as either Professor of Law with tenure or Associate Professor of Law on the tenure track.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of the Insurance Law Center (“ILC”) will be responsible for its leadership, including the law school’s programs, conferences, publications, and curriculum in the areas of insurance and financial sector risk and regulation. The Director’s duties will include the following, either directly or through supporting faculty and staff:

  1. Leading the ILC’s national & global strategy.
  2. Enhancing the ILC’s and the UConn Law School’s reputation as the country’s leading center for the study of insurance law, while expanding the ILC’s presence in the study of related areas of financial sector risk and regulation.
  3. Hosting conferences and other activities that promote UConn Law School as the foremost academic center in the field of insurance law and fields relating to risk transfer and management.
  4. Serving as the faculty advisor to the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.
  5. Overseeing the Insurance L.L.M. program, including recruiting, marketing, curriculum, and alumni relations.
  6. Leading the curriculum strategy and recruitment of faculty, including adjunct faculty, and continuing to build the ILC’s online and distance learning curriculum.
  7. Teaching courses relevant to the ILC’s work.
  8. Building engagement between the ILC and regional, national, and global stakeholders in the fields of insurance and financial sector risk and regulation.
  9. Representing the Law School at the University and outside the University.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three years of experience in the fields of insurance and/or financial sector risk and regulation or other related fields.
  • A significant body of outstanding scholarship in the fields of insurance or financial sector risk and regulation.
  • Either a J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA-accredited law school or a PhD in a social science discipline. 
  • Prior teaching experience, preferably with graduate level students.
  • Sensitivity to students with disabilities and multicultural backgrounds and a commitment to building and leading teams through diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to work collegially with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Strong legal analysis, writing, research, and oral presentation skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous legal practice experience.
  • Significant experience of organizational leadership.
  • Significant experience of engagement with regulatory and industry communities in the fields of insurance or financial sector risk and regulation.
  • Five years of experience in the fields of insurance and/or financial sector risk and regulation or other related fields.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The position is a 9-month position and is located at the Law School campus in Hartford. Salary and rank will be commensurate with background, qualifications, and experience. This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16594. Please include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, a writing sample, a research agenda, and recent teaching evaluations, if any. Review of applications will begin immediately. 

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

Any questions about application materials may be directed to the appointments committee chair at susan.schmeiser@uconn.edu

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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University of Connecticut School of Law
55 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-229

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