Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology

University of Akron School of Law
February 20, 2017
Akron, Ohio
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The University of Akron School of Law invites applications and nominations for the position of , a tenure-track or tenured faculty position, with an anticipated start date of August 2017.  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The Committee is open to candidates in any area of IP, but experience and expertise in the areas of Copyright, Internet Law, Privacy, International IP, and Health Law are of particular interest.

Akron Law's Center for IP Law and Technology is renowned for its extensive curriculum, an LL.M. in IP, joint degree program, non-J.D. and post-J.D. certificates, rich scholarly and practical programming, and strong relationship with the national and international IP community. 

The Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology is responsible for developing, articulating, and implementing a long-term vision for the Center that will achieve greater distinction for the University of Akron School of Law. The Director, in coordination with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is responsible for implementing the IP curriculum within the School of Law. The Director also manages and supervises the law school’s special IP degree and certificate programs, and may help propose and create additional new programs in intellectual property for attorneys and other professionals as appropriate.  The Director is responsible for the management and coordination of all law school programming in the area of intellectual property law, including programs for both attorneys and academics.

The Director fosters and advances external relationships, including the law school’s ongoing international relationships with other universities, where those relate to intellectual property and technology. The Director also works with the law school’s Intellectual Property Advisory Council in advancing the intellectual property program.  The Director serves as a faculty advisor to the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association, a law student organization, oversees the advising related to the annual issue of the Akron Law Review devoted to intellectual property law, and also oversees the law school’s participation in intellectual property-related moot court competitions.

As a member of the law school faculty, the Director will engage in relevant scholarship, teach in the area of intellectual property law, and serve on administrative committees. 

The University of Akron School of Law is a public, mid-size law school of approximately 450 students located in the Akron/Cleveland metropolitan area.  Akron Law offers excellent teaching, relatively low tuition and a commitment to student success.  Akron Law prides itself on outcomes including our high bar passage rate, award-winning clinical programs, national championship trial team program, outstanding job placement rate, and various areas of academic excellence in which students can distinguish themselves.

Required Qualifications: Juris doctor or equivalent law degree with intellectual property law experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  A demonstrated record of successful scholarship and teaching and commitment to continue producing both at a high level; record of or potential for appropriate administrative leadership; entrepreneurial skills to advance the impact of the Center; ability to create and sustain a network of IP leaders; ability to articulate and implement long-term vision to achieve greater distinction for Akron Law’s IP program.

For complete details and to apply for this position, visit:  Job ID#10009.  While all candidates are required to submit their applications via this centralized system, please feel free to direct any inquiries to Professor Tracy Thomas, Chair of the search committee, at Review of applications will begin immediately.  Anticipated start date: August 2017. The University of Akron is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.

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