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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, November 21, 2008

Position at the University of Iowa College of Law

                                                Director of Academic Support
                                                University of Iowa College of Law

The University of Iowa College of Law invites applications for the position of Director of
Academic Support. This is a non-faculty full-time administrative staff appointment starting July
1, 2009 at a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The College of Law is a welcoming professional community located in a vibrant university
town. The Director of Academic Support will administer and advance the College’s current
academic support program, which assists law students as they develop and improve legal study
and test-taking skills, adjust to the challenges of law school, and prepare to enter law practice.
The Director will work with law school faculty and administrative staff to create and present
first-year orientation and academic skills programs and to coordinate a year-long peer mentoring
program. As part of the Student Services team, the Director will also contribute to the design and
implementation of programming to enhance the professional development of second- and third year
students as they make curricular choices, sharpen their academic skills, and prepare to take
a bar examination. As a complement to programming, the Director will also work closely with
individual first-year and upper-level students to improve their academic and professional skills.

The Director may assume other duties related to law Student Services as well, such as
participating in the Hubbard Law School Preparation Program and working with students for
whom English is a second language. Depending on interest and qualifications (and subject to
faculty approval), the Director might also occasionally teach academic or skills courses within
the law school. In addition, the College encourages and provides support for the Director to
engage in research and professional development activities in the Academic Support field.

Prior experience with an existing law school academic support program is a desirable
qualification, but transferable experience in helping others improve legal and professional skills
may be viewed as equivalent. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Associate Dean
Carin Crain at 319-335-9648 or

Required Education
A juris doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school, or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.

Required Certification
Admission to a state bar.

Required Qualifications
Ability to think creatively and critically about the goals of academic support in legal
education and to design and present programs to meet those goals.
Ability to counsel, advise and instruct individual students from diverse backgrounds.
Genuine interest in and ability to work closely with faculty, staff and students to enhance
program effectiveness.
Solid academic record and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Considerable (3-5 years) relevant experience.

Desirable Qualifications
Experience with an existing law school academic support program.
Legal practice, clerkship or other experience related to the practice of law.
Familiarity with scholarship on functions of academic support programs.
Demonstrated success in teaching.

To apply, visit and refer to requisition # 56309. Review of applications
will begin on January 30, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and
minorities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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