Dean Search: Washburn University School of Law

Washburn University seeks a student-centered, collaborative, and innovative leader to join its campus and serve its students and community as its next Dean of Washburn University School of Law.
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Role of the Dean

Alongside academic deans of the University's other colleges and schools, the Dean reports to Washburn's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as a senior leader at the institution. The Dean provides academic, intellectual, strategic, and administrative leadership for Washburn University School of Law and is responsible for its effective administration. The Dean works with key stakeholders, both inside and outside of Washburn University School of Law, to advocate for the School of Law's mission of providing outstanding legal education using innovative and individualized teaching approaches in a collegial and collaborative environment.

The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submit materials to Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, JR Wheless, or Florene Stawowy at:

While applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure consideration. The deadline for applications is December 4, 2023; however, Anthem and the University reserve the right to end or extend the application and nomination process following this date. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Full job description

  • Alex Glashausser - Professor of Law, Chair
  • Rory Bahadur - Professor of Law
  • David Rubenstein - Professor of Law
  • Thomas Sneed - Professor of Law & Director of the Law Library
  • Shawn Leisinger - Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs; Externship Director
  • Tammy King - Assistant Dean for Professional Development, School of Law
  • Patrick Mikesic - Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations- Law School
  • Emily Grant - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
  • Burke Griggs - Professor of Law
  • Tonya Kowalska - Professor of Law, Director of International Legal Problems

Campus of Nearly 7,000 Students

Washburn’s Law School sits on a 160-acre traditional residential campus. The newly constructed state-of-the art law building was opened in 2023 – Robert J. Dole Hall. Virtual tour

Innovative Programs

Washburn’s School of Law offers dual degree programs with the Schools of Business and Applied Studies, 3+3 programs, and a Third Year Anywhere program. Programs

Bar Pass Rate

Students who graduate from the School of Law have a pass rate of 85 percent for the Kansas Bar and 100 percent for the Missouri Bar.

About Washburn Law: By the Numbers

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Learn about the Choose Topeka campaign that has attracted national buzz and why there is no better place to call home.

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