Duke University - Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion- Duke Law School

NC, Durham

Duke Law seeks an experienced and inspiring leader to serve as its inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (AD-DEI).

The Law School at Duke University is an ambitious and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession by providing a rigorous legal education within a collaborative, supportive, and diverse environment. The dean underscores, “At Duke Law School, we like to follow a set of values that we believe set us apart from other law schools, values that we have come to call ‘The Duke Way.’ The Duke Way is a combination of intellectual engagement at the highest level, extraordinary collaboration and collegiality, and a commitment to serving the common good. We take scholarship, service, professionalism, and teaching seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously.”

At Duke Law School, students and faculty experience and contribute to academic rigor in an interdisciplinary environment that supports and values creativity and innovation. Strategic investment in faculty, clinics, interdisciplinary centers, law journals and other student development opportunities, and in technology, as well as support for initiatives and opportunities to serve the public interest, ensure that the Law School remains on the cutting edge of legal scholarship, service, and education. These commitments are memorialized in the Duke Blueprint to LEAD, a set of principles for leadership growth that informs the development of committed, ethical lawyers, well-equipped for the 21st century.

The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will assume a new position at Duke Law School with overall responsibility for developing and advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives and supporting an inclusive climate throughout the Law School community. The Law School is committed to valuing diverse perspectives, identities, and experiences, to fostering thoughtful and robust exchange of ideas, and to recognizing the unique obligations of lawyers and legal scholars to seek equality and justice and protect all members of society. In pursuit of these goals, the Law School has been engaged in a process of investigation, transformation, and reflection and seeks an innovative Associate Dean to provide strategic vision for and implementation of our DEI priorities.

The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will report directly to the Dean and join the Dean’s senior leadership team. The senior leadership team is an experienced group of committed professionals who work together collaboratively, and its members are eager to work with and learn from an experienced DEI leader. The Associate Dean will be a champion of DEI priorities within the Law School and on behalf of the School as part of Duke University. They will collaborate with other leaders in the Law School community to help each unit in the School to achieve, track, and communicate its DEI goals. They will act as a resource to individual students and student organizations in navigating inclusion and equity challenges. The Associate Dean will represent the Law School in University-wide diversity initiatives and help the School to benefit from University resources to aid in its DEI efforts.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

For fullest consideration, candidates should submit materials by the priority deadline of December 8, 2022 using the buttons below. 

Please direct nominations and inquiries to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search:

Charlene Aguilar, Ed.M. and Shelley Arakawa, J.D.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.