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Portland, ME 04103
Director of Academic Success/Associate Professor of Academic Success
University of Maine School of Law
Law School – PLAW
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Statement of Job:
The University of Maine School of Law offers a comprehensive Academic Success Program for students starting in their first year. The program includes individual student support, student-led teaching fellow study sessions, large group workshops, upper-level classes, and bar exam support. The position of Director of Academic Success/Associate Professor of Academic Success (Director) is a full-time, 12-month faculty position. The Director is primarily responsible for overseeing and administering the Academic Success Program, as well as for teaching courses that help students to understand learning techniques and strategies, including those necessary for succeeding on the bar exam. The successful candidate will start no later than August 2020.
This position will implement a plan to maximize student achievement in law school and on the bar exam. This will include various methods, such as leading large group workshops, facilitating a mini-bar examination or other assessment tools, and overseeing the student teaching fellow or tutoring program. The Director will also counsel those individual students academically at-risk or on academic probation beginning in the first year. The Director will continue to build programming and develop classes as necessary to further improve the program, advise faculty and staff on teaching effectiveness to achieve specified student learning outcomes, and collaborate with faculty in developing other academic success initiatives. The Director will be responsible for tracking and analyzing data on student performance at all levels from first year to bar exam.
The Director will teach courses on topics such as legal analysis and bar preparation, providing students with appropriate guidance and constructive feedback. Courses taught by the Director will all be part of the academic success programming and bar passage initiatives. The Director may be expected, where appropriate to fulfill other teaching responsibilities within the Academic Success Program or the Law School, such as serving as advisor for Independent Studies and Independent Writing Projects. The Director may, with approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean, teach non-ASP courses within the Law School.
The Director will attend and participate in appropriate conferences, workshops and seminars in the field of academic and bar support, as well as legal education and pedagogy. The Director will remain current on developments, trends, and scholarship in this field. The Director is not expected or required to make contributions to the scholarship of this or any other field, but may do so if consistent with other responsibilities.
The Director is expected to engage in service to the Law School, the University, the profession, and the community. The Director may serve on any faculty committee, with the exception of the Personnel Committee, and may vote on all matters coming before the faculty, with the exception of retention, promotion and tenure of tenure-track faculty.
The University of Maine School of Law is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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- Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
- Three years of relevant legal experience.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Experience working with and supporting diverse populations.
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills relevant to academic counseling.
- Knowledge of learning and teaching strategies for law students.
- At least two years of experience in law practice or equivalent.
- Strong academic achievement in law school.
- Teaching or administrative experience in a law school or in the field of academic success.
- Member of a bar in any U.S. jurisdiction (active or inactive status).
- Advising, counseling, or tutoring experience.
- Experience working with students receiving academic accommodations.
Materials must be submitted via “Apply for position.” You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.
All required materials must be submitted by January 30, 2020.
Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.
The University of Maine School of Law is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Work Year Calendar:
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, References
The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).