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Assistant Professor

Posting Numberreq17098
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring DepartmentSchool of Law (588A)
Academic LocationSchool of Law
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications from entry-level candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in its Natural Resources and Environmental Law (NREL) Program to begin August 1, 2022. We seek candidates with scholarly distinction or promise, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching.

Offering a J.D. degree, cross-disciplinary dual degrees, and a Masters of Legal Studies, the UNM School of Law is nationally recognized for its innovative classes that combine law practice skills training with doctrinal instruction and a 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. UNM School of Law has particular strengths in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and the Law of Indigenous Peoples, and offers certificate programs in both fields. The school’s NREL Program includes the NREL Certificate, the Natural Resources Journal, and the NREL Clinic.


The UNM School of Law strives to prepare students to participate in the key decisions that affect the environment, either as employees within various federal, state, tribal and local agencies who have regulatory authority over natural resources and the environment, or with the private entities and nonprofit organizations that appear before them. The School of Law offers a variety of NREL courses, emphasizing issues relevant to New Mexico and the Western United States. In addition, the School of Law explicitly acknowledges the substantial overlap between the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program (LIPP) and the NREL Program, and has a longstanding history of offering students courses and other resources at the intersection of these two fields. In addition, a significant portion of Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic’s docket involves representing New Mexico Tribes or Native American public interest organizations in NREL-related matters. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the NREL curriculum, including offering courses that are at the intersection of the NREL and LIPP programs. The successful candidate will also be expected to periodically rotate into the NREL Clinic.


We highly value candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives as we work toward enriching our students’ learning through inclusion and enhancing the faculty’s academic mission of research, teaching, service, and community engagement in New Mexico, the United States, and the world. Women, under‐represented racial and ethnic minorities, groups historically marginalized in American life, individuals with disabilities, students who attended law school later in their careers, and those from rural origins, first‐generation college experience, and veteran status are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to be part of a university‐wide priority on excellence‐and‐equity across all dimensions of the academic mission.


More information about the NREL Program, Certificate, Journal, and Clinic may be found here: More information about LIPP may be found here: Additional information about the University of New Mexico School of Law may be found here:



Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent legal degree by the date of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A record of demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in academic scholarship.
  • A record of demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in the practice of NREL and related fields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, or commitment to understanding, the overlap and connections between LIPP/Indian Law and NREL.

  • Interest in and commitment to focusing research and teaching on areas where NREL and LIPP/Indian Law intersect.

  • Teaching in the relevant subject areas.

Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

All applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references (faculty/exec) to the UNM Jobs website:

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 9/15/2021. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.