Tenure Track Professor of Law

Washburn University School of Law

Washburn University School of Law invites applications for an associate professor to teach Legal Writing beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year.  Washburn Law has a unitary tenure track with scholarship support including summer writing stipends, year-round research assistants, and funding for travel to conferences. This nine-month tenured/tenure-track position is one of three open tenured/tenure-track positions in the School of Law. 

We seek engaging candidates whose performance to date has demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, scholarship, and service or the potential for achievement in each of these job functions.  Application materials should clearly articulate the candidate’s record of work supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and state how the candidate will contribute to Washburn University's commitment to diversity, equity,inclusion, and belonging, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds. 

Washburn Law has an acclaimed, nationally recognized legal writing program.  Several legal writing professors have taken on leadership roles in the law school. 

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution.  The Washburn campus is located in the heart of Topeka, Kansas, blocks from the historic state capitol. Topeka features affordable housing; beautiful, historic neighborhoods filled with well-­maintained parks; and a nationally recognized public library. It is also the home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site. 

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students. 

The ideal candidate will have law school teaching experience, but entry-level candidates will be considered. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • JD degree from an ABA-approved law school.
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to institutional service.
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of published legal scholarship.
  • Evidence of effective law school teaching.


  • The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment, teaching a full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook.
  • The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling scholarship expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor.
  • The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor.


Application Procedures: 

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  (All faculty appointments are contingent upon funding.) 

  • Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter, and the name/address/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu. Include the position title “Tenure-Track Professor, Legal Writing” in the email subject line.
  • If you have questions about the position, please contact Professor Mary Ramirez, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, at mary.ramirez@washburn.edu.
  • The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to
  • Official transcripts are required once


Washburn is an EOE and is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic and work environment. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a campus climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in higher education.
Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

$90,000 - $99,999
Students per Semester:
Submission Deadline:
Mary Ramirez
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621