Friday, February 1, 2008
Here's and interesting perspective on the continuing struggle to balance work and personal life. The author suggests that maybe that balance is impossible to achieve, at least perfectly, and that embracing that fact can be the healthiest response. Check it out: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,23414,1664181,00.html?cnn=yes.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Assistant Director of Academic Success
Vermont Law School, a private, independent law school on the beautiful White River in rural Vermont, seeks an Assistant Director of Academic Support to be responsible for assisting the Director in administering programs aimed at improving students’ academic skills and ensuring success on the bar examination.
Responsibilities include: 1) Coordinating and designing workshops or classes to ensure students possess academic skills necessary for the passage of the Multistate Bar Examination, the Multistate Performance Test and the state essay section of the bar examination; 2) Designing programs to improve skills relating to bar passage; 3) Counseling students regarding options for bar study; 4) Monitoring bar passage rates; 5) Assisting the Director in designing and developing Academic Support Programs for upper-level students; 6) Maintaining a website devoted to bar preparation; 7) Assisting students with disabilities with the use of assistive technology.
Applicants must: have a JD or be a licensed attorney, possess a strong academic background and excellent writing, speaking and organization skills as well as a commitment to academic support. Prior academic support experience (either professional or as part of a graduate or law school program) or teaching experience (i.e., legal writing or comparable teaching experience in writing and analytical skills training) is preferred. Evening and some weekend work is required.
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, a writing sample (five pages or less), and three references with contact information to:
Vermont Law School
PO Box 96,
or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While my introduction covers all of the perfunctory academic notes, it does not reveal why I would tackle writing for the ASP Law Blog. When Dan Weddle asked me in join in September, I jumped at the chance to give back to the ASP community that has given me so much in the past three years.
However, I was working at both ASU Law and VLS at the time, and I could only commit after January 2008, when I would (just) be at VLS full-time.
I like to think of myself as a relative newbie to Academic Support, but that really isn’t true anymore. As the list of new positions demonstrates, ASP is growing by leaps and bounds. I am delighted to meet new faces at every LSAC, AALS, or NCBEX conference. With almost three years under my belt, I am no longer the new kid on the block, but I am certainly not one of the greats that “was there in 1992” when ASP was officially sanctioned. When I talk to the *new* newbies, I relize how much I have grown as an Academic Success professional over the past three years. But when I sit down with any one of the *greats* of ASP, I am awed by how much I still have to learn. Even more amazing to me is how much the *greats* feel they still have to learn, some with ten or twenty years in ASP.
It’s this spirit of learning and collaboration that makes ASP the best area to work in the legal academy, in my humble opinion.
I jumped at the chance to join the blog so I can give back some of the modest wisdom I have gained in the past three years. Everyday I still feel like I am in the middle of a vast learning curve, especially after grades come out. Then I remember what it was like during the fall of 2005, when I was giving advice on IRAC to 1L’s with the ink barely dry on my J.D.
This is my welcome to all the new folks joining our ranks; I was there not too long ago, and I am happy to help whenever you need it. Just don’t balk if I call myself a newbie as well; I am on the learning curve with you!
This is also my immense, heart-felt thank you to everyone who has given me much-needed advice, wisdom, and pep talks when I felt like I was in over my head.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
After two and a half years as co-editor of the ASP Blog, I think it is time for me to step aside and bring in a fresh voice, so I want to introduce our newest addition to the blog: Professor Rebecca Flanagan. As I take on the role of contributing editor, Rebecca will become one of the blog's co-editors. I think you will find her postings stimulating, timely, and insightful.
Rebecca is the Director of the Academic Success Program at Vermont Law School and an Assistant Professor of Law. She took over the ASP department at VLS from Ellen Swain in December 2007. Before joining VLS, Rebecca was the Director of Academic Support at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Student and Graduate Success at Whittier Law School.
Rebecca came to ASP directly from law school, where she had the incredible luck to work for the (amazing) Ruth McKinney at UNC Law. While at UNC, she was a teaching assistant in the LEAP program. Before law school, she taught K-3 art, music, and theatre integration in Willington, CT, at Center Elementary School and Geopolitics to talented and gifted high school students with Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
Rebecca's interests are in educational psychology, focusing on the learning environment and legal education. Her first article, "Lucifer in Law School," will be published in the upcoming Washburn Law Review Symposium of Humanizing Legal Education Conference.
She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut, her M.A. from Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Welcome to the blog, Rebecca!