Thursday, October 13, 2005
Please welcome Dan Weddle, Director of Academic Support at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, as co-editor for this blog. In his first post, Dan refers to himself as “the new kid on the block,” but he has been a frequent visitor to our block for some time, just not as an ASP director.
I first met Dan when he recruited me to teach in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s (CLEO) Attitude Is Essential Weekends, which Dan designed and directed as a crash course law school preparation program targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dan had been working with CLEO since the late ‘90s, when he brought in the first two CLEO Summer Institutes UMKC had ever hosted. He has been directing Attitude Is Essential Weekends every summer since 2002, recruiting academic support types from all over the country to teach students who were unable to attend the longer Summer Institutes.
Dan’s prior experience also includes twelve years as a middle school and high school English teacher, including five years as an academic dean responsible for curriculum development and faculty development. He left teaching to attend law school at the University of Kansas and practiced civil litigation until joining UMKC in 1996. During the 1999-2000 school year, he was tapped to serve as an interim assistant dean of UMKC’s School of Education.
For a new kid on the block, he knows the neighborhood better than he thinks. (djt)