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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Academic Support/Legal Writing Position at American U

Academic Support/Legal Writing Position

American University’s Washington College of Law seeks applications for a full-time Academic Support and Legal Writing Position for Academic Year 2008-2009. The position will report to the Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program. Details on requirements are below.

(1) Required qualifications and experience include:

J.D. degree or equivalent; demonstrated excellence and experience in running an Academic Support program in a law school; demonstrated excellence in legal writing and research teaching; strong teamwork; interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; administrative skills and experience.

(2) Preferred qualifications and experience include:

Legal practice, clerkship, or other law-related work experience; law school teaching experience; familiarity with recent scholarship in Academic Support and legal research and writing; participation in national Academic Support and Legal Writing organizations; familiarity with computer or web-based instructional technology; experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

(3) Core responsibilities and duties include:

Approximately one-half of time will be spent developing, administering, and teaching in an Academic Support Program for law students that will serve incoming first year students, as well as students during the first year of law school, and in developing an academic support system to serve second and third year students. The position will work with the Diversity Office and the Dean of Students Office, as well as the Legal Rhetoric Program, in serving students. One-half time will be spent teaching legal research and writing in the two-credit, two-semester Legal Rhetoric Program to approximately 24 students each semester; this teaching includes conferences with students, assessing students work, giving detailed feedback on student work, and working with the Legal Rhetoric Program in developing materials and administering the Program.

(4) Salary and contract:

Salary will be approximately $70, 000 for a 12-month contract. The position will receive two one-year contracts, after which she or he will be eligible for a 3-year contract, followed by a 5-year contract.

American University and the Washington College of Law are committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and encourage the application of women and minorities.

Send applications to Professor Teresa Godwin Phelps, Director - Legal Rhetoric Program, American University, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20016.

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